Stealing of scrap cost pair in court

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TWO unemployed men thought they could make a killing by stealing scrap metal from an old abbatoir.

Nicholas Middleton and David Selkirk got into the empty building and took ­copper piping with a scrap value of £400.

Livingston Sheriff Court heard the accused were ­spotted by people walking past the abandoned ABP building in Bathgate, West Lothian.

Catherine Knowles, prosecuting, said all the copper had been recovered.

Middleton, 33, from ­Armadale, and Selkirk, 25, from Livingston, both of West Lothian, yesterday pleaded guilty to theft.

Middleton was fined £120 and Selkirk was fined £150.