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Man sentenced to six months in prison for charity theft - Worcester

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A man has been sentenced to six months in prison for stealing a charity box after an investigation by BTP officers – one of whom was minutes into his first ever independent shift when the crime happened.

James Marson, aged 39, of St Pauls Street, Worcester, pleaded guilty to burglary last Tuesday (7/11) at Redditch Magistrates’ Court and was sentenced on the same day.

He was also sentenced for other offences charged by West Mercia Police, including theft from a vehicle, possession of Class A drugs and theft from a shop.

On Monday (6/11), BTP PC Ryan Davis arrived to start his first ever independent patrol shift at BTP  and discovered Marson climbing out of a Network Rail depot at Worcester Shrub Hill station. PC Davis initially detained the male for trespassing and he was joined a short time later by Sgt Phil Horne.

Sgt Horne made some further investigations and he found that a Kidney Research charity box inside the depot had been broken into and money taken. Sgt Horne then arrested Marson for burglary and arranged for a scene of crime officer to recover fingerprints from the damaged box.

Marson was taken to custody where West Mercia Police charged him for theft and drugs offences and BTP charged him for the charity box theft. He was remanded for court in the morning, where he received a six month prison sentence.

Insp David Smith said: “This was a great job by Sgt Horne and PC Davies, who was minutes into his first independent patrol at BTP. Marson is a prolific offender, as demonstrated by the charges brought against him by the local police force when we brought him in for questioning. I’m pleased he is now behind bars for his crimes.”

Sgt Horne added “Marson was particularly obstructive during the course of his arrest and gave false details to officers. He was a challenging prisoner to deal with and swallowed some drugs that he had secreted in his mouth and also became aggressive towards BTP officers whilst being searched in custody, with help from the IOM team from West Mercia Police CID. The swiftness and severity of his custodial sentence reflects his prolific criminal activities.”

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