Crook jailed af­ter theft from ten­nis club

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A THIEF has been jailed af­ter break­ing into Prest­bury Ten­nis Club.

Brian An­thony Leonard, 39, stole £76 from the club be­tween 10pm on Mon­day, Jan­uary 11, and 8am on Tues­day, Jan­uary 12.

Leonard, of Ren­frew Close, Mac­cles­field, ap­peared in front of mag­is­trates in Crewe on Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 13, where he ad­mit­ted two counts of theft and was jailed for a to­tal of 20 weeks. Steve Pear­son, grounds­man at Prest­bury Ten­nis Club, said: “It must have been about 11pm on the Mon­day night.

“The thief prised the back door open and broke into two of the me­ters, steal­ing the coins in­side, be­fore be­ing dis­turbed by the se­cu­rity light. He was later ar­rested in the vil­lage by po­lice.”

A po­lice spokesman said: “Prest­bury Vil­lage Lawn Ten­nis Club, on Bollin Grove, was bro­ken into by dam­ag­ing the rear door. The me­ter boxes for the flood­lights on courts two and three were emp­tied of coins.” The se­cond charge re­lated to the theft of £13 worth of meat from the Co-op on Brom­ley Road in Con­gle­ton on Jan­uary 1.

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