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Prison sentence for Tube pickpocket – Central Line



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A woman who reached into a Londoner’s bag to steal goods on a packed Tube carriage has been sentenced to twelve weeks in prison. 

Maria Hideg, of no fixed address, appeared before Magistrates in Westminster on Tuesday 12 September where she was handed the jail term and a £115 victim services surcharge. 

On 11 September this year, the 58-year-old was seen by plain clothed police officers to be acting suspiciously at Holborn station. 

She then boarded a Central Line service travelling eastbound and forcibly pushed her way into the carriage so she was close behind a female passenger. Officers also boarded the service so they could observe her actions. 

During the journey to St Paul’s, officers saw Hideg reach into the female passenger’s bag and rummage around. At St Paul’s, officers removed Hideg from the train and spoke to the victim to offer her support.  

Hideg was arrested for attempted theft and taken to police custody where she was later charged with one count of attempted theft. 

Plain clothed officers from British Transport Police regularly patrol the London Underground network looking to identify criminal behaviour. Whether it is theft or sexual offences, they are specially trained to detect suspicious behaviour and stop offenders. 

This sentence is welcomed as it will send a clear message that theft on the underground network will not be tolerated. 

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