Holywell thief banned from churches

| March 10, 2012

AN alcoholic has been banned from any place of worship for six months after he stole from church collection boxes to pay for booze.

But Martin Jones, 49, avoided a prison sentence and a driving ban because of his voluntary work with St John Ambulance.

Jones, of Plas Dewi, Well Street, Holywell, pleaded guilty to attempted theft at St Peter’s Church, Ruthin, and St Dyfnog’s Church, Llanrhaeadr, as well as theft from St Asaph Cathedral.

He also asked for 14 similar offences to be considered, including thefts from churches in Bodelwyddan, Henllan, Trefnant, Cilcain, Nannerch, St Winifred’s Presbytery in Holywell – just over the road from his home – and Pantasaph friary.

The only exceptions to his ban are Holywell and Dyserth cemeteries where his mother and grandparents and buried

Prosecutor Tracey Willingham told Prestatyn magistrates’ that Jones, who was arrested while trying to break open a collection box in St Peter’s Church, Ruthin, on February 8, used a screwdriver to force open the boxes, in some cases causing extensive damage.



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