A RESIDENT of Skipton’s homeless hostel entered another flat in the complex and stole £30 in cash, heard magistrates.

Steven Ormerod, 47, who has since moved out of Pinder House spent about a minute in the flat on September 9, last year, before leaving, the court was told today (Friday).

The resident whose flat it was returned after being away for a couple of hours, and discovered the money missing.

Ormerod was captured on the complex’s CCTV cameras entering the complainant’s flat, but when interviewed by police, he denied taking the money, the court heard.

However, when he appeared in court on Friday, he admitted burglary. The court heard Ormerod had a history of offending, but nothing since 2014. H e had lived for a while at Pinder House, Keighley Road, but issues had developed between older and younger residents.

In mitigation, Keith Blackwell said ‘a lot of water had flowed under the bridge’ since last year. Ormerod had left the hostel, was living in different accommodation.

Ormerod of Roman Court, Skipton, was given a community order with six weeks curfew, barring him from leaving his house from 7pm to 7am, seven days a week. He was also ordered to pay £30 compensation to the person he took the money from, and was ordered to pay costs of £85 and £95 for the community order.