6 weeks for man sentenced in connection with theft of bag on Bournemouth beach

A man has received a six-week prison sentence after admitting using a stolen bank card.

The card had been stolen from a woman as she went swimming in the sea at Bournemouth beach.

Alan Stewart Hampton, aged 45 and of Holdenhurst Road in Bournemouth, appeared at Poole Magistrates’ Court on Friday 5 October 2018, when he admitted an offence of fraud by false representation in relation to the incident.

At around 4.35pm on Sunday 5 August 2017 the victim, a woman aged in her 30s, left a rucksack under a towel and clothes as she went swimming in the sea near to Bournemouth Pier.

When she returned a short time later the rucksack was missing and her bank card, which had been inside, was subsequently used to carry out transactions totalling £70.05 at Tesco stores in The Square and The Triangle in Bournemouth.

Hampton was subsequently identified by an officer from CCTV footage at one of the stores.

The defendant also admitted two offences of theft from motor vehicles and another fraud by false representation charge relating to the use of a cheque book that had been stolen from a vehicle. The offences all occurred in the Bournemouth area between Saturday 19 May 2018 and Saturday 26 May 2018.

Hampton also pleaded guilty to the theft of a bag from a woman at West Undercliff Parade on Wednesday 25 July 2018 and a further offence of criminal damage and theft from a motor vehicle in Clarendon Road on Monday 13 August 2018.

He admitted a further charge of theft from a motor vehicle and criminal damage, which related to the theft of money from a taxi in Holdenhurst Road on Wednesday 3 October 2018.

Hampton was sentenced to a total of six weeks in prison for all the offences and was ordered to pay compensation totalling £590 to his victims.

Police Constable Gemma Coupe, of Bournemouth police, said: “Hampton was responsible for a number of offences in the Bournemouth area and officers have worked hard to ensure he was brought before the court for these crimes.”