Two drunks are given suspended jail sentences

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TWO drunken men who burgled their former school have been given suspended jail sentences.

An alarm in the maths block at Alfreton Grange Arts College was set off at 8pm on July 16 and police arrived to see Liam Clarke climbing out of a broken window. Adam Richardson, who was hiding in bushes, was arrested the following morning, Chesterfield magistrates heard.

“Computer keyboards had been thrown onto the floor and damaged and a door to the IT room and gymnasium had been forced open,” said Becky Mahon, prosecuting. Blood was matched to Richardson while a footprint identified Clarke as an intruder. Damage costing more than £500 was caused.

Richardson, who stole a pen and computer splitter box, said to police: “Who grassed on me? Was it Liam or his mum? Even your dog man walked straight past me.”

He said they were both the worse for drink and they “intended to smash the college up”.

Clarke said they entered the building because they were bored.

Clarke, 20, of Rugby Avenue, Alfreton, and Richardson, 20, of Layton Avenue, Mansfield, admitted burglary with theft. They each received 16-week jail terms, suspended for a year, and 120 hours unpaid work, and they must pay £262 compensation, with £85 costs.