Ex-Owls player jailed for selling stolen car parts

A FORMER Sheffield Wednesday player has been jailed for selling on parts from stolen high-performance cars.

Footballer Ronnie Wallwork – who made just seven appearances for the Owls after moving there in 2008 – pleaded guilty to three counts of handling stolen goods.

Preston Crown Court heard the 34-year-old, of Manchester, was working out of a rented scrapyard unit when he was arrested.

He had sold a Volkswagen Touran engine and BMW parts on Ebay and was observed driving a Mazda Furano into the scrapyard three days after it was stolen from a car dealer.

Rachel Woods, mitigating, said there was ‘no evidence’ to suggest Wallwork was responsible for the organised thefts of vehicles or had any input. She added that Wallwork’s career was ‘tragically cut short’ after he was stabbed in a serious assault four years ago and he should not be jailed for ‘one-off offences’.

But Judge Simon Newell sentenced him to 15 months in prison. Wallwork also represented England at under-20s level, played for Manchester United and was loaned to clubs including Barnsley.