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Turkey firm Bernard Matthews left with £9500 bill after thefts, court told

17:28 29 June 2012

Norwich Magistrates Court

Norwich Magistrates Court

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A man who received stolen industrial fans and cabling taken from Bernard Matthews’ farms, was told that the turkey firm had been left with a £9,500 bill.

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Sean Ward, 41, from Devonshire Street, off Old Palace Road, Norwich, appeared before city magistrates yesterday, after admitting, at an earlier hearing, receiving stolen goods on April 10.

Phil Charnley, prosecuting, said industrial fans and cabling were stolen from Bernard Matthews properties in Hockering and Weston Longville in April. He said: “Inquiries were made and scrap merchants were put on alert.

“Ward sold fans and cabling matching the description of the stolen items to Sita in Norwich, which netted him £527.20. He handed himself in to police and said that someone known as Wayne had visited his house and asked him if he wanted to buy the scrap for £150, which he agreed to.

He claimed that he did not know it was stolen. “The crime has caused considerable disruption to Bernard Matthews. It will cost about £5000 to replace the cabling and £4500 to refit and buy the fans.”

Julie Gowland, for Ward, said he was now off drugs and had recently married. The case was deferred for a probation report.

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