Portchester lead thief who targeted schools is given a curfew

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A THIEF who stole lead from schools and a number of homes has been told to stay in at night under a curfew.

Scott McGiffen carried out a spate of metal thefts in August and September.

The 21-year-old stole the metal for its scrap value from Portchester Community School in White Hart Lane between September 15 and 20.

And he targeted Castle Primary School in Castle Street, Portchester, between August 26 and September 4.

He then stole hundreds of pounds worth of lead from three properties in Portchester Gate and four in Barbican Mews in Portchester between August 31 and September 7.

One of the victims lost £800 worth of lead while another had £600 worth stolen.

McGiffen, of White Hart Lane, Portchester, pleaded guilty to nine counts of theft when he appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court.

He will have to wear an electronic tag and stay at home between 6pm and 5am, every day for the next three months.

McGiffen was also told to pay £100 in compensation to the two schools he stole from.

The magistrates made him pay a further £700 in compensation to his other victims.

As part of his sentence McGiffen was also told to spend a total of 36 hours at an attendance centre in Fareham.

The aim of the sessions at the centre is to address the causes of the crimes and prevent further offending.