Thief caught down manhole pleads guilty

Man caught down manhole Credit: Barratts/S&G Barratts/EMPICS Archive

A man caught stealing metal cable down a manhole in Rowley Regis admitted theft when he appeared in court.

The 20-year-old pleaded guilty at Sandwell Magistrates Court after being arrested on Wednesday (3 April).

He was caught when a BT repair man was called to fix a broken line. He removed the manhole cover, heard a noise and rang the police who caught him climbing out of the hole.