Grantham court: Pair admit taking diesel from HGV

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Two Grantham men have admitted stealing over £150 worth of diesel from a HGV.

Aidan Cant, 23, of Uplands Drive, and David Anthony Watt, 33, of Stour Court, pleaded guilty to the theft at Somerby Hill on July 29.

Daniel Pietryka, prosecuting, detailed how at 1.10am officers noticed a Ford tipper parked up by the side of the road on Cold Harbour Lane. Next to it were four containers of diesel, and shortly afterwards Cant appeared carrying a diesel container in each hand, accompanied by Watt.

After further investigation, police identified that the diesel cans were from an HGV in the Grantham area which had reported cans of diesel stolen.

In total they had taken about 200 litres of diesel, valued at £178.50.

Rob Arthur, defending Cant, pointed out that his client complied with police at the scene, and all the diesel was recovered. Mr Arthur also higlighted that it was the first time Cant had been in court for five years.

Sonia Bhalla, defending Watt, said: “The reason he had attempted to steal diesel was to fill his own motor vehicle. Money is tight because he acts as a carer for his wife, who has mental health problems and type 1 diabetes.”

Ms Bhalla went on to say that the couple have five children aged between four and 13.

Another reason given in mitigation for the theft of fuel was to allow Watt to visit his brother-in-law, who has been sectioned and is now a resident of a mental health facility in London.

Cant must pay a £70 fine, £85 in prosecution costs, and £180 government charge and £20 victim surcharge.

Watt was fined £70 and told to pay a £20 victim surcharge, £85 costs and a £180 criminal courts charge.