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Friday, 25 April 2014

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Man jailed for theft of charity boxes in Cumbria

A man who went round the Lake District stealing charity collection boxes has been jailed for five years.

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Derrick Matthews

Derrick Matthews, 54, of no fixed address, committed offences at various locations in Cumbria as well as others in the Midlands and the West Country.

He was eventually arrested in Cumbria after a pub landlord in Ambleside recognised him as the man he knew police were looking for.

And at Carlisle Crown Court today he pleaded guilty to 15 offences of theft.

They included stealing hospice, Royal British Legion and mountain rescue boxes in such places as Grasmere, Kendal, Wetheral, and Dalston.

Judge Paul Batty QC said it was hard to imagine a meaner or more selfish string of offences.

He jailed him for 64 months.

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