A MAN who played a role in stealing tools worth £2,250 from a van has been given a suspended jail sentence.

Dean Thomas Jones, 35, of Kingsland Court, Royston, was given a 12-week jail term, suspended for a year, at Barnsley Magistrates' Court.

Deputy District Judge Tim Capstick said Jones had made life difficult for the victim, Stephen Bradley, because the tools were not insured and would be expensive to replace.

June Allen, prosecuting, said Mr Bradley had been left anxious about leaving things in his van at night and the theft had made it difficult to do his job.

She said Mr Bradley's van was damaged but covered by insurance.

Philip Howard, defending, said Jones was 'adamant' he did not steal the tools. He said he had refused to divulge the names of others involved in the theft.

Mr Howard described Jones as a 'prolific offender in the past'. "Mr Jones spends £100 a day on drugs and needs help."

Jones, who was convicted theft, was ordered to undergo nine months of drug rehabilitation and ordered to pay an £80 victim surcharge.