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Hapless thief jailed after being tripped up by plucky passer-by – Hull

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A hapless thief, who attempted to steal a charity box from Hull Paragon Interchange station, has been jailed. 

Joshua Starkey, Salthouse Lane, Hill appeared before Humber Magistrates’ court on 19 November where he was handed a 16-week prison sentence. 

At around 10am on 25 March this year, the 23-year-old defendant walked into Subway at the station, approaching the tills. At the cash point, he then grabbed a charity box which was chained to the tills, forcefully pulling it free and causing the cash register to fall to the ground. 

Starkey then ran from the shop, with the wires and chains from the British Heart Foundation charity box dangling behind him. A passenger walking along the concourse then saw Starkey running with the charity box and stuck out his foot, resulting in the thief crashing to the ground and dropping the charity box. 

He then ran from the scene without the charity box. Following enquiries from BTP, Starkey was later identified and was charged with criminal damage and theft from a shop, charges he admitted at court. Starkey was also ordered to pay £85 costs. 

PC Paul Hobman from BTP, said: “A huge congratulations are in order for the courageous member of the public who quite literally stepped in to prevent Starkey from stealing money which was intended for a good cause. 

“Starkey’s actions in attempting to steal a charity collection box were disgraceful and I am pleased the judge imposed a prison sentence. I hope that his days of offending are behind him.”
Watch the moment Starkey attempted to steal the charity box: 

The defendant was also handed an five year prison sentence in relation to other offences investigated by Humberside Police. 

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