A MAN has been slapped with a curfew after stealing lead from a former hospital site in Crosland Moor.

Walter Scott was twice caught by police pilfering in the grounds of St Luke’s Hospital in a bid to sell the metal as scrap.

Scott, of College Street, Crosland Moor, admitted theft and breaching a community order when he appeared before Kirklees magistrates yesterday.

The Huddersfield bench was told that the 47-year-old was first caught stealing from the site on February 16 when he was seen by police carrying a rucksack and dragging a piece of lead flashing.

In March he received a six-week curfew for the theft, but just a month later he was back to steal from the hospital.

On April 21 police attended the site at 8.30am and found Scott there. Alex Bosman, prosecuting, said: “He was in the grounds in possession of three bundles of lead.

“At the police station he told police that he got the metal from the hospital building.

“He said he was in financial difficulties and as a consequence thought that he would be able to get £50 for it.”

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: “He (Scott) found himself with nowhere to live and no money so he went back to St Luke’s because he needed a few pounds from scrap.”

Magistrates warned Scott to stay away from the hospital in the future, handed him a curfew for six weeks and ordered him to pay £85 court costs.