A THIEF who stole copper from a church roof has avoided a prison sentence.
James Hoare stole the metal to sell for scrap from the Sultan Road Congregational Church, in Sultan Road, Buckland on March 7.
The 23-year-old also took copper from an empty house in Spenlow Close, Buckland, at some time between April 28 and May 5.
At the time of the thefts Hoare was on a community order for assaulting a woman and smashing her mobile phone in Boston Road, Wymering. He was given the order back in October, 2010, by Portsmouth magistrates.
Hoare, of Mablethorpe Road, Wymering, pleaded guilty to burglary and theft.
He also admitted breaching his community order when he appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court.
District Judge Anthony Calloway handed him a four-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months.
Hoare was also ordered to do 120 hours of unpaid work in the community in the next 12 months. And he was told to pay £85 in court costs.