THREE Barnsley men have been sentenced for stealing stock from a Morrisons warehouse.

On April 16, 26-year-old Martin Heyworth from Wombwell was sentenced to three years and four months in prison, and 30-year-old David Chatterton from Wombwell and 56-year-old Michael Doherty from Bolton upon Dearne both received two years' imprisonment at Sheffield Crown Court.

All three men pleaded guilty on January 24 at Sheffield Crown Court to theft of £100,000 worth of alcohol, televisions and other stock from Morrisons between November 2009 and August 2011.

Martin Heyworth was employed as assistant night manager at Morrisons Cortonwood, David Chatterton worked in the warehouse and Michael Doherty was a colleague of both.

Heyworth was arrested on suspicion of theft, which led to a search of his house and the discovery of £18,000 worth of alcohol, televisions, DVDs, and various other items. All of the items had been stolen from WM Morrisons warehouse at the store at Cortonwood. The cellar of his home resembled an Aladdin's cave of champagne, spirits and other alcohol.

Police investigations then led to the immediate arrest of Dave Chatterton and Michael Doherty, with other stolen items found at addresses in Wombwell.

A fourth man, 56-year-old William Claypole from Wombwell pleaded guilty to handling a stolen television and received a 100 hours community order.

Detective Sergeant John Yoxall, said: "At a time when families shopping expenses are stretched, these men were stealing thousands of pounds worth of items from a supermarket. This is a cost which inevitably will be passed on to the consumer in one way or another."