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Thursday, 30 August 2012

Lenient sentence given to metal detecting thief

A METAL dectector enthusiast has been convicted of theft in so-called ‘nighthawking’ trips in the Horncastle area.

Kevin Thomas Lomas, 40, of Scholes, Rotherham, faced nine allegations of theft between January 1 and July 8 2011, one allegation of going equipped for theft on June 5 and two allegations of possession of criminal property at his home on July 8.

He denied all the offences but was convicted of eight offences of theft and of going equipped for theft by District Judge John Stobart at Skegness Magistrates Court last week.

Lomas was ordered to forfeit his metal detecting equipment - worth around £1,300 - and was given a 12 months conditional discharge. He was also ordered to pay £400 in costs.

The judge said he was being lenient due to Lomas losing his equipment.

Prosecution said that between 2010 and 2012, there had been reports of 11 incidents of holes being dug on farmland in Lincolnshire, averaging 25 holes in each incident.

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