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Thief sentenced over crown court roof hauls

Luton Crown Court Image copyright South Beds News Agency
Image caption Common confessed to stealing lead after striking at Luton Crown Court court five times in a week

A thief swiped lead off his local crown court roof five times in one week, amassing a haul worth £17,000.

Wayne Common, 35, clambered up on the roof of Luton Crown Court during five nights in May and got away with the lead tiles.

The roof suffered leaks and damage as a result of his raids, leaving areas of the building, including the jury's room, difficult to use.

Common, of Tennyson Road, Luton, was given a suspended nine-month jail term.

Mystery accomplice

St Albans Crown Court heard Common confessed to taking the lead from the building while he was being held in May for a number of matters.

Night security was stepped up after the raids, which were carried out overnight on 17, 20, 21, 23 and 24 May.

Recorder Amanda Tipples QC told him his offending had involved planning and he must have been helped by someone, who remains unknown.

He pleaded guilty to stealing lead off the roof of a residential property in Guildford Road, Luton, five counts of stealing lead off the crown court roof, failing to surrender and possessing an offensive weapon.

His sentence was suspended for 15 months.

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