A CARPET fitter has been cleared of stealing sentimental jewellery to the tune of £6,000 whilst on a job in Accrington.

Simon Morris, 35, was said to have taken the haul of rings and a bracelet from a dressing table whilst left alone in a bedroom for about 20 minutes.

But Morris's barrister told the jury, there was no eye witness to the alleged crime, no recovery of any stolen items, no fingerprint evidence and no evidence Morris sold any jewellery or offered any for sale.

The defendant, of Norfolk Grove, Church, had denied theft and was found not guilty, after a trial.

But he could be facing jail after admitting a drug dealing offence.

He has earlier pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis with intent to supply and will be sentenced on February 21.