Py­lon climber is jailed for steal­ing elec­tric­ity

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

A PRO­TESTER who brought the town to a stand­still when he climbed to the top of a 120ft py­lon has been jailed – for elec­tric­ity theft.

Wayne Boyd, 36, of Grimshaw Av­enue, Bolling­ton, was jailed for 18 weeks af­ter ad­mit­ting the of­fence of dis­hon­estly caus­ing to be wasted or di­vert­ing a quan­tity of elec­tric­ity.

The sen­tence in­cluded six weeks for elec­tric­ity theft and the 12 weeks sus­pended prison sen­tence he re­ceived for the of­fence of caus­ing a pub­lic nui­sance, when he scaled an elec­tric­ity py­lon near to As­traZeneca at Hurds­field on Jan­uary 20, caus­ing traf­fic chaos for morn­ing com­muters.

The dad of two, who vol­un­teers with Cheshire Street­wise at Elim Church, in Mac­cles­field, has bat­tled de­pres­sion and al­co­holism for a num­ber of years.

Boyd fea­tured in the Ex­press on March 2 and apol­o­gised for the chaos his protest caused.

But he also stood by his ac­tions say­ing he was tak­ing a stand against the men­tal health sup­port and care he had re­ceived.

He ap­peared at Crewe mag­is­trates court in cus­tody on March 4 and was jailed.

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