05:26AM, Friday 25 May 2012
The man who sold parts of the stolen Altwood schoolboys memorial statue has avoided jail.
Adam Brettell, of Evenlode, Maidenhead, was given a 12-month probation order and a 200-hour unpaid work requirement at Reading Crown Court this afternoon.
He will also have to pay £300 to the memorial restoration fund and attend a six-day Right With Money course.
The 31-year-old admitted handling stolen goods but claimed he did not know where the bronze had come from.
Judge Ian Grainger said there was not enough evidence to prove Brettell had known the metal was from the stolen memorial, or from any statue.
He added: "You've been given a chance, I very much hope you have the sense to take it."
Brettell was arrested after the memorial (above), The Companions, was stolen from Ray Mill Island in October last year.
It had been placed there to commemorate four Maidenhead boys from Altwood School who died on a school trip on Easter Monday, April 4, 1988.
To date no one has been charged with the memorial's theft.
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Police raided addresses in Lillibrooke Crescent, Cox Green, and in Crown Lane, Farnham Royal, at about 7.15am.