Somercotes man guilty of handling stolen goods

A SOMERCOTES man is in hot water for handling stolen goods while serving a suspended prison sentence.

A copper boiler and piping were left outside a property in the village while a replacement central heating system was installed.

The items were removed from the yard and subsequently sold by Martin Chambers to a scrap dealer.

“He said he met someone who offered them for sale to him,” Helen Griffiths, prosecuting, told Chesterfield Magistrates on Monday.

“He thought it was too good to be true and he paid £20 for them and then obtained £87 for them from Sims scrap metal merchants.”

Chambers (35) of Leabrooks Road, Somercotes, admitted handling stolen property belonging to John Cottam on 24th October.

He had a string of previous convictions for dishonesty and, in April, he received a one-year jail term, suspended for two years, for arson.

He further admitted breaching the suspended sentence which was imposed at Derby Crown Court.

The justices committed the case to the crown court for sentence on 30th November and ordered probation service reports