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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Married man stole handbags from elderly women in Carlisle pub

A 34-year-old married man has been given a suspended prison sentence after he stole handbags from elderly women in a Carlisle pub.

Paul Little was given a three-month suspended sentence after he targeted a couple out celebrating their wedding anniversary and another woman.

The couple, who were in Woodrow Wilson’s, in Botchergate, lost the bag on April 8, the day after another woman lost her handbag which contained £200.

Little, of Hillary Grove, Harraby, admitted three thefts when he appeared at North Cumbria Magistrates’ Court. Two involved the handbags and the third was a bottle of wine from a shop.

Prosecutor John Moran said that, on both occasions at the pub, the victims were sitting near the toilets.

On the first occasion, Little walked past the table and took the handbag, which was later discarded outside.

The next day, he was sitting at the next table to the couple and took the bag, which contained £150, from underneath it.

Little also admitted the theft of a bottle of wine from the Co-op, in Harraby, on March 27.

Laura Harper, for Little, said her client was “a family man, and he admits he was drunk at the time”.

As well as the suspended sentence he was ordered to complete a one-year supervision order, pay £225 compensation, plus the cost of the wine, £85 court costs and an £80 victim surcharge.

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