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Drax scrap thief avoids jail

Worker who stole power station’s scrap metal has been spared a prison sentence.

The York Press reports that Brian Paul Smith, 53, made £106,000 by selling scrap metal from Drax power station for his personal benefit.

He was employed to weigh and sell metal and arrange invoices with an external company, but between June 2010 and August 2011he went direct to the company and asked for cash payments.

Taryn Turner, for Smith, said her client had been “thoroughly humiliated” since he was found to have abused his position.

Judge Neil Clark gave Smith a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered him to complete 300 hours unpaid work.

The judge said Smith had avoided prison because of his previous good character and his role as carer for his elderly mother.

A Drax Power spokesman said it would take steps to recover the stolen money.

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