A MAN who smashed his way into a primary school and tried to steal over £1,000 in cash has avoided going to jail.
Daniel Archibald, 42, of Whitehall Street, Hipperholme, broke into Lightcliffe Primary School last November.
He was wearing a woolly hood with eye holes cut out when he was found by police in a classroom at around 2.30am.
The alarm had been raised by the caretaker who heard smashing glass, Bradford Crown Court heard.
Archibald took slates off the roof, kicked through plasterboard and smashed classroom doors, walls and furniture as he searched for money.
Archibald, who has a string of previous convictions including drug abuse and drink driving, told officers he had entered the school in search of money to buy drugs.
He was found with a total of 1,085.06 in cash and caused 1,440 damage.
Earlier that month, Archibald had forced his way into St Peter's Church in Huddersfield, stealing four bottles of communion wine and causing 2,000 damage.
Mr Simon Myers, defending, said it was "sheer desperation" that led Archibald to commit the offences.
"He is ashamed of himself for committing these cruel acts," he said.
Archibald was given a 51-week jail sentence, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to do 80 hours of unpaid work.
The judge, Recorder Andrew Haslam, told Archibald: "It's not good enough for a man of 42."