Yorkshire chicken and cheese thief stole nearly £50,000 worth of food

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A lorry driver who admitted stealing nearly £50,000 worth of meat, fish and cheese has been jailed for 18 months.

Timothy Noel Green, of Springwell Crescent in Beighton, Sheffield, pleaded guilty to three counts of theft before being sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court today.

The 46-year-old stole fish worth around £13,000 from a lorry he was driving in September 2013 as well as £5,700 worth of chicken drumsticks in October 2013 and nearly £29,000 worth of cheese in November 2013.

Green took the items while driving them to and from businesses and ports.

Detective Constable Thomas Ryan, from South Yorkshire Police, said: “This has been a three-year investigation into substantial thefts of goods from a number of locations and businesses across the country.

“Theft is not a victimless crime and Green stole significant quantities of popular items, which could have had a devastating impact on the businesses that were expecting these shipments.

“We have worked tirelessly over three years to bring this case before the courts and I hope this demonstrates that we will doggedly pursue those who break the law.”