Rogue ‘fence’ in Sheffield had a hoard of stolen goods

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A well-known Sheffield ‘fence’ was told by a judge he is ‘too old’ to be back in court for offending.

Steven Haywood, aged 58, has six convictions for handling stolen goods dating back to 1977 but was given another chance by a judge at Sheffield Crown Court.

When police raided his home at Blackstock Road, Gleadless, they found an Aladdin’s Cave of suspected stolen property including a laptop, Play Station, sat navs, mobile phones, SIM cards, a camera and watches.

Laura Marshall, prosecuting, said: “He said he liked collecting things and described himself as a hoarder.”

Amphetamines, cannabis and drugs paraphernalia were also found in the kitchen.

Haywood admitted five offences of handling stolen goods, possessing criminal property, two offences of possessing amphetamines and one of possessing cannabis.

When officers returned to his home on further occasions they found yet more goods.

Haywood initially denied handling the property and said he had been storing it for a friend called ‘Dave’.

He later admitted the drugs were for his own use but said all the property had been bought at car boot sales.

Chris Aspinall, defending, said Haywood was “well-known” in the city for handling stolen goods although had not offended for 14 years until now.

Since his latest arrest he had been in jail on remand for six months and addressed his drug habit.

“He’s been treated by other people in custody as a pensioner, they look after him,” said Mr Aspinall.

Recorder Paul Reid told Haywood: “You are too old to be committing these sort of offences and too old to be back in this court.”

He imposed a 20-month suspended jail term.