Clowne meter cheat is brought to book

Chesterfield magistrates' court.
Chesterfield magistrates' court.

A cheat who by-passed his electricity meter to avoid paying bills has been given a community order.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard last Thursday how David Neeve, 43, of North Road, Clowne, admitted dishonestly using £598.79 worth of electricity.

Prosecuting solicitor Becky Allsop said an electrician attended Neeve’s home and stated the meter had been by-passed and he was alerted so a new meter could be fitted. But, according to Mrs Allsop, officers later found a suspicious cable during another visit and recorded a loss of £598.79 worth of units. Neeve said the meter had been by-passed when he moved in but admitted he was responsible for the second lot of problems.

He pleaded guilty to the offence committed between November 2012 and November 2013. Probation officer Laura Mowatt said Neeve had been struggling financially and is under-going treatment for heroin abuse.

Magistrates sentenced Neeve to a two-month community order with a curfew. He must also pay £145 in costs and a victim surcharge.