08:31AM, Thursday 31 May 2012
Police say no-one else is likely to face charges in connection with the stolen Altwood schoolboys memorial statue.
Adam Brettell, of Evenlode, admitted handling stolen goods at Reading Crown Court on Friday and was given a one-year probation order and a 200-hour unpaid work requirement.
CCTV images showed the 31-year-old, who claimed he did not know the cut-up bits of bronze had come from the memorial, selling it at a scrap yard in Maidenhead on November 1 last year with another man named only as Mr C.
Despite Brettell providing Mr C's identity to police, it was conceded this week that Brettell is likely to be the only person hauled before the courts.
A police spokesman said: "There are no ongoing investigations into anyone else.
"Other people were arrested but there was insufficient evidence to proceed with a criminal case against them."
The callous theft of The Companions memorial from Ray Mill Island in October last year sparked outrage in the town.
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.
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Police raided addresses in Lillibrooke Crescent, Cox Green, and in Crown Lane, Farnham Royal, at about 7.15am.