Holywell man admits role in old hospital burglary


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

A FORMER hospital was raided by burglars and more than £7,000 damage was caused to the electrical substation, a court was told.

A further £1,000 damage had been caused to a caravan on the site in Holywell.

But solicitor Gary Harvey told Flintshire Magistrates Court at Mold a number of people had been convicted of burglary at the former Lluesty Hospital site and not all the damage could be attributed to his client’s case.

Benjamin Alec West, of Llys Emlyn Williams Hostel, Holywell, was one of three men arrested at the hospital site in January.

At the time he denied there was a third man and told police at the scene it must have been a ghost.

West, 22, was placed on a 12 month community order, ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work and was sent on a thinking skills workbook programme run by the probation service. He was not ordered to pay any compensation.

He admitted burglary of a caravan on the hospital site, burglary at the electrical room two days later and obtaining £180 by fraud from a scrap metal dealer by claiming that brass and copper was his to sell.

Helen Tench, prosecuting, said police officers heard men’s voices at the site, which was run down and surrounded by a large fence.

They found a hole in the fence where access had been gained. An officer went in and went towards where he could hear loud banging.

A man ran out of the hole in the fence and got away, while another ran towards the other side of the site.

Two men including West were found at the premises where tools from the caravan had been used to remove copper and brass.

Mr Harvey said there were a number of burglaries at the old hospital, which was a run down and disused site, with quite a lot of damage caused previously.

West was disappointed with his  behaviour, appreciated how foolish it was and recognised it would have been far better for him to be out searching for work than stealing scrap metal.

His client had a good work record and was motivated to get back into employment, he said.

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