Two men who make a living from selling scrap have been convicted of stealing metal and lead from a Norwich home improvements company.

Gordon McPhee, 37, and Anthony Johnstone, 32, were caught on CCTV at the closed premises of BBH Ltd, a company which supplies replacement windows, doors and conservatories.  

Norwich Magistrates’ Court was told they had taken pieces of metal from bins and loaded them into a van on September 16. 

Rima Begum, prosecuting, said the theft had come to light after security staff monitored the footage from which both men had been identified.

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Johnstone, of Wicklewood, near Wymondham, and McPhee, from The Common at South Creake, both pleaded guilty to theft.

McPhee also admitted stealing metal from steel company Cambridge Rapid at Haverhill in Suffolk on September 10. 

Rob New, mitigating, said it had been a "very unsophisticated offence" and the pair had believed they had permission to take the items. 

The metal stolen in Norwich had been worth £200 when weighed in, he added.

Magistrates ordered Johnstone to pay £100 compensation and McPhee to complete 120 hours of unpaid work and pay compensation and costs of £414.