Sutton man is jailed for handling stolen jackets

A SUTTON man has been jailed and two others given community sentences for handling stolen jackets worth more than £10,000 after they were seized from a house in Skegby.

Up to 178 Barbour Liddlesdale jackets were found by officers executing a warrant at the property on Stamper Crescent on 2nd November last year.

Steven Hutchinson and Ryan Smith, both of Sutton, along with Christopher Turton, from Clipstone, were seen helping to unload the jackets from a white transit van in to the house.

The jackets are believed to have been among those stolen from an HGV near Doncaster on 7th October last year while it was travelling from Southampton to the J, Barbour and Sons head office on Tyneside.

Police officers raided the property later that day and the jackets were recovered. The three men were then arrested, interviewed and charged with receiving stolen goods.

After admitting the offence at Leicester Crown Court last month, the three men were sentenced on Friday.

Hutchinson (31), of Leamington Drive, was given a nine-month prison sentence to run consecutively following completion of a current 42-month sentence he is serving for unrelated offences.

Smith (29), of Carsic Road, was slapped with a 30-week prison sentence, suspended for 18 months. He was also ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work and to pay £200 costs.

Turton (27), of Osberne Way, was ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.

No-one has yet been charged in connection with the theft of the jackets from the HGV.