Man sentenced over church thefts

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An Alfreton man charged with two burglaries at two churches has been handed an 18-week sentence, suspended for 18 months.

Sean Atkinson (39), of West End Close, was charged with burglaries at Swanwick United Methodist Church and Langley Mill Baptist Church. Cash was stolen from Swanwick, while food and toiletries put aside for charities were stolen from Langley Mill.

Atkinson appeared before magistrates in Chesterfield where he was also told to pay out £200 in compensation.