centre thief caught in CCTV drama in Highbridge
Highbridge man has this week been fined by magistrates after admitting
stealing from a recycling centre.
footage shows Leslie Paul Ash carefully put on a mask before going
into a recycling site in the town late at night.
he was spotted by Somerset Waste Partnership staff and the police
soon saw through his disguise.
Ash, 39, of Talbot Close in Highbridge, admitted two charges of
theft at Taunton magistrates on Thursday (2nd October) and asked
for several other offences to be also taken into consideration.
items taken from Highbridge recycling centre included batteries,
computers and angling equipment.
was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and ordered to
pay £100 compensation to recycling site operator Viridor
with £40 costs and £60 victim surcharge.
he became the second criminal convicted within weeks of a recycling
site offence with the help of CCTV, Somerset Waste Partnership
warned thieves to stay away from its recycling sites. A Bridgwater
man has previously received a 12-month conditional discharge with
£85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
Somerset Waste Partnership spokesperson said: "Anyone committing
a crime at a recycling centre can expect to be caught and convicted."