Thief stole cases while on the train

A man from Ashington has escaped an immediate prison sentence for stealing suitcases from trains running between Newcastle and Scotland.

John Adam Durrant, now living in Fife, appeared at Newcastle Magistrates Court last Friday where he was sentenced to 20 weeks imprisonment suspended for 12 months and ordered to pay £6,035 in compensation to the victims.

The 31-year-old pleaded guilty to the theft of two suitcases from on board trains travelling between Scotland and Newcastle from April 4 to October 4 this year.

Police Constable Cheryl Bainbridge, of the British Transport Police, said: “Durrant stole cases containing a number of personal and valuable items belonging to two passengers.

“We welcome the sentencing handed down and the compensation awarded to the victims which reflects this.

“Durrant travelled between the two towns on a regular basis every fortnight. If we hadn’t have caught him in the act I’m sure he would have continued to target other passengers on this route.”

She added: “Regrettably, the theft of passenger property on the rail network has been on the rise.”