Studley man appears in court on drain theft charges

By Harriet Ernstsons 21/03 Updated: 23/03 09:01

A STUDLEY man has appeared before magistrates to face charges of the theft of more than 600 drain covers across Worcestershire, Warwickshire and the West Midlands.

Graham Leith, of High Street in the village, appeared before Redditch Magistrates' Court on Tuesday (March 20) charged with ten separate offences. In total he is alleged to have stolen 628 covers, worth a total of £155,325, from Redditch, Alcester, Studley, Bromsgrove and the surrounding areas as well as Shirley and Nuneaton.

The offences took place between November 10 last year and January 12 this year, with the 26-year-old accused of targeting the Enfield Industrial Estate, Studley Road, Alders Drive and 21 other roads, as well as Hewell Lane in Tardebigge, Green Lane in Studley and five destinations in Alcester.

A further charge relates to the sale of a number of drain covers in Birmingham for £428. Leith did not make a plea for any of the 11 charges.

Magistrates sent the case to Worcester Crown Court to be heard on Wednesday, May 16, where Leith is also set to appear relating to separate offences surrounding the theft of drain covers.

He was granted unconditional bail as the conditions of the other proceedings already require him not to hire any vehicle and to remain at home between 11.30pm and 5am.

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