Thief caught on CCTV unloading lead

A TODMORDEN man has been told to do 150 hours unpaid work for the community after he was spotted stealing lead from Hebden Bridge railway station.

Bradford Crown Court heard how a member of the public became suspicious after seeing two men loading lead into a vehicle in March this year.

Prosecutor John Bull said British Transport Police discovered that a large quantity of lead had been taken from the glass canopy on platform one.

Police inquiries led them to a scrap metal dealer’s yard where records revealed that 137 kilograms of lead had been weighed on the same day as the theft.

Mr Bull said CCTV footage from the scrap yard was viewed and Andrew Sunderland was identified as the man unloading the lead. The court heard that 43 kilograms of the lead was recovered and when police searched Sunderland’s home in Longfield Way they found he was growing cannabis plants for his own use.

Sunderland, 31, admitted charges of theft and producing cannabis. He was given a 12-month community order with a requirement to do 150 hours unpaid work and pay £200 costs.