Man charged with stealing storm drain covers

A 26-year-old man has appeared in court in Londonderry charged with stealing metal storm drain covers from a building site.

Michael Paul Corcoran, from Old Fort in Strathfoyle, is alleged to have taken the £500 covers from a site on Buncrana Road in Derry on Saturday.

He is also charged with handling stolen drain covers.

He was released on bail and the case was adjourned until next month.

A police officer told the court that the defendant was arrested near his home on Monday morning after they received reports of a van acting in a suspicious manner.

Two teenagers aged 15 and 16, who were in the same van, were released pending further enquiries.

He also said Mr Corcoran had been released from court on bail on 27 July for similar offences, and said the theft of metal from building sites was "very prevalent" in the city.

Defence solicitor Keith Kyle said his client had been told by relatives that he had permission from a workman to remove the covers.

As part of his bail conditions, Mr Corcoran was also electronically tagged and ordered not to travel in any private vehicle.