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Community sentence for attempted theft at North Walsham church

PUBLISHED: 18:02 15 November 2011

The hotel managers appeared at Norwich Magistrates Court today Photo: Bill Smith

The hotel managers appeared at Norwich Magistrates Court today Photo: Bill Smith

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An Essex man has been given a community order after pleading guilty to attempting to steal money from a charity box in a North Walsham church.

Terry Glover, of Newmans Lane, Loughton, pleaded guilty after seeing CCTV footage taken at St Nicholas Church on June 19 and July 29.

This afternoon, Norwich Magistrates’ Court heard that Glover, 43, could be seen near five wall-mounted donation boxes using a metal object.

Judith Piggin, prosecuting, said that on the second occasion he was spotted and the police were called.

She said: “His car was found and searched and in that was a map with various towns and villages circled.”

She said it was unknown how much money was taken from one of the boxes, but that when searched he had more than £130.

Ryan Creek, for Glover, said that Glover had not set out to “cause mischief” but had been visiting an old school friend in Great Yarmouth and had an interest in craftsmanship.

He said temptation had got the better of Glover and that he felt ashamed and remorseful.

Dick Meadows, head of the bench, gave Glover a 12 month community sentence, with an order for 110 hours of unpaid work in north west Essex.

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