Would-be thief ends up in court

A POLICE helicopter with heat detecting equipment pinpointed a man raiding a works compound.

Police had been tipped off that two men were trying to break into a storage yard in Erewash Road, Pinxton, on January 8.

Chesterfield magistrates heard a force helicopter detected a heat source and Stephen Swain was found hiding behind a wooden pallet.

“He had gone there with someone he wouldn’t name, intending to steal scrap metal,” said Helen Griffiths, prosecuting.

Swain, 36, of Skegby Road, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, admitted attempted theft from Sutton Roofing. He had previous convictions for burglary and theft from commercial premises.

He was fined £81, with £85 costs.

Chris Perry, for Swain, said: “He foolishly agreed to participate in this offence because he was struggling financially.

“I don’t think he will repeat the mistake.”