A MAN was given a 12-month community order for stealing number plates.

Graham Alan Swann, who gave his address as Stanney Lane, Ellesmere Port, appeared at Chester. Ellesmere Port and Neston Magistrates’ Court on Friday, May 1 for sentencing.

Swann, who continued to deny the offence, was convicted after trial on April 6.

Rob Youds, prosecuting, said: “On September 25 last year, the victim parked his Mitsubishi car in his drive and the number plates were still on the car.

“He discovered they were missing when he arrived at work the next day.

“Later that day, police recovered a stolen Mitsubishi vehicle which had these number plates held on with sticky tape. Two sets of fingerprints on the plates matched those of the defendant.”

A representative from the probation service said they were concerned he had not learned from his past offending, which included a 12-month custodial sentence for burglary in January 2008.

The community order included a supervision requirement and 150 hours of unpaid work. Swann must also pay £20 compensation and £200 prosecution costs.