Man admits cable theft after being caught on camera at construction site

Darlington Magistrates Courts

Darlington Magistrates Courts

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CCTV camera operators helped foil the theft of electric cable from a Darlington building site.

Darlington Magistrates’ Court heard today (Thursday, February 6) that 50-year-old Anthony Morgan and an accomplice slipped through a gap in the perimeter fence at a construction site off Tom Raine Court and loaded metal cable into their waiting van.

Camera operators saw the crime and officers were soon on the scene.

The van, which was not being driven by Morgan, initially sped off when the police arrived, but later skidded to a halt in the middle of the road and the two men were arrested.

Morgan, of Bank Top Mews, Darlington, pleaded guilty to theft in court.

Mitigating, Michael Clarke said that Morgan had lost his home when his partner died of cancer last August and had been relying on friends to support him since then.

Mo Sibert, of the Probation Service, told the court that Morgan had a long history of offences and drug use, but had managed to stay clean for some time until his partner’s death led him back into amphetamine use.

Magistrates sentenced Morgan to a six-month supervision order and told him to pay a £60 victim surcharge.

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4:59pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Homshaw1 says...

What's the point of CCTV operators, police, lawyers, probation officiers and court officials if the sentences are not worth bothering about.

Who was his accomplice?
What's the point of CCTV operators, police, lawyers, probation officiers and court officials if the sentences are not worth bothering about. Who was his accomplice? Homshaw1
  • Score: 21

5:25pm Thu 6 Feb 14

stevegg says...

There is no justice or deterrant anymore; the huge effort and expense in getting offenders to court is totally undermined by a woefully weak justice system not fit for purpose which treats criminals with kid gloves giving them repeated slaps on the wrist in the incompetent belief they will reform. The public have lost all faith.
There is no justice or deterrant anymore; the huge effort and expense in getting offenders to court is totally undermined by a woefully weak justice system not fit for purpose which treats criminals with kid gloves giving them repeated slaps on the wrist in the incompetent belief they will reform. The public have lost all faith. stevegg
  • Score: 24

10:16pm Thu 6 Feb 14

diabolical says...

Some countries would hang them. In this pathetic country they might as well let them off with a tickle !
Some countries would hang them. In this pathetic country they might as well let them off with a tickle ! diabolical
  • Score: 6

8:42am Fri 7 Feb 14

Homshaw1 says...

Is there not something to be said for reducing the size of the police force and streamlining the justice system and using the money saved for more and tougher prisons?

It is any sort of effective deterrent that seems to be missing. It is about time there was a lot more consideration for the victim and a lot less for the offender
Is there not something to be said for reducing the size of the police force and streamlining the justice system and using the money saved for more and tougher prisons? It is any sort of effective deterrent that seems to be missing. It is about time there was a lot more consideration for the victim and a lot less for the offender Homshaw1
  • Score: 1

5:26pm Sat 8 Feb 14

banmeandilljustregisterwithanewname says...

Why is there always a sob story in these cases? I honestly don't know how these defence lawyers sleep at night. They are without doubt worse than the scum they represent.
Why is there always a sob story in these cases? I honestly don't know how these defence lawyers sleep at night. They are without doubt worse than the scum they represent. banmeandilljustregisterwithanewname
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10:59pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Thor67 says...

Yet another stupid sentence after hard work by all involved. And I see that the anti-CCTV have disappeared into the ether once again, when CCTV gets some recognition .. Great work everyone (apart from the magistrates)
Yet another stupid sentence after hard work by all involved. And I see that the anti-CCTV have disappeared into the ether once again, when CCTV gets some recognition .. Great work everyone (apart from the magistrates) Thor67
  • Score: 1

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