Lead thief is jailed

A thief has been sent to prison for stealing lead from the roof of a house.

Damien James Hudson climbed onto the roof of Housing Hartlepool’s Claremont Park flats, which are soon to be demolished, and began pulling off the lead and throwing it to the ground.

Members of the public contacted police and when officers arrived Hudson, 19, was arrested in the grounds of the property, off Wooler Road, Hartlepool.

Prosecuting, Lilian Atkinson told Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court: “At 7.30pm on July 7 police were called to Claremont Park flats after reports of two males on the roof pulling off lead and throwing it to the ground.

“Hudson and another man were arrested and in interview the defendant admitted getting onto the roof intending to steal the lead.”

Hudson, of Rydal Street, off Elwick Road, Hartlepool, admitted theft of lead on July 7.

He also admitted stealing £30.96 of Stella lager from Nisa, in Oxford Road, on July 9.

Mitigating, Neil Taylor said: “The theft of lead was of low value and one of the properties is about to be knocked down and demolished. The alcohol was also of low value.”

Chairman of the magistrates’ bench Nigel Guerin sentenced Hudson, who was also in breach of a suspended prison sentence for a previous matter, to seven weeks in jail.