A MAN has appeared in court after stealing from a former hospital site.
And it was the second time in two months that Walter Scott admitted taking lead from St Luke’s Hospital to sell it for scrap.
Alex Bozman, prosecuting, said that Scott was at the Crosland Moor site on June 27.
He said: “A member of the public saw Scott pushing a trolley of lead.
“They took some pictures and reported him to police.
“Police recognised him from the photos, attended at his address and arrested him.”
Scott, of Blackmoorfoot Road, admitted the offence.
He said he was taking a shortcut through the grounds when he saw the trolley full with lead flashing.
Scott, 48, then took it to a scrapyard in Milnsbridge and sold it for £18.
He last appeared in court in May after being twice caught pilfering in the grounds.
In February he was seen by police carrying a rucksack and dragging a piece of lead flashing.
Then in April Scott was found by officers in the grounds with three bundles of lead.
The hospital shut down in late 2010 after patients with mental health problems and geriatric concerns were moved.
It has since become a target for thieves and vandals.
Mike Sisson-Pell, defending, said that compensation could not be awarded as it had been difficult establishing the site’s current owners.
The solicitor said: “He cut through the grounds, saw that someone had been helping themselves and that the person had abandoned a trolley with the lead.
“Mr Scott then took the opportunity of taking the trolley.
“Somebody took a picture of him wheeling the lead, there was no evidence of an offence.”
Magistrates gave Scott a conditional discharge for 12 months.