Metal thief detected

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A MAN was busted for handling stolen goods after he sold a Morecambe scrapyard £3,500 worth of lead which had actually been stolen from the scrap dealer’s home.

Neil Tallon pleaded guilty at South Lakeland Magistrates Court to charges of dishonestly receiving and selling stolen goods.

Tallon went to Morecambe Metals on White Lund and sold the lead flashing for £482.

But the metal actually belonged to James Varley, managing director of Morecambe Metals, and had earlier been stolen from his own house.

Tallon, 37, of Hall Park, Burneside, was ordered to pay £482 in compensation, was handed 80 hours of community service and also paid £150 court costs.