Man stole luggage while ‘high on drugs’

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A man who snatched another passenger’s case while travelling on a train has been jailed.

Anthony Connor admitted stealing a bag and its contents - worth an estimated £900 - following an incident on a Wigan-bound train on December 4.

Magistrates heard how the victim, Julie Poston, had travelled from Edinburgh to Liverpool before boarding a Wigan-bound train with her black “wheelie” case which she placed in the luggage rack before finding a seat.

When the train approached St Helens Central station, she noticed a man - Connor - smoking on the platform who was wearing just a T-shirt, despite the cold weather.

Then, when the train arrived at Wigan North Western station, Ms Poston picked up what she believed to be her case and quickly realised it was the wrong one.

Thinking someone must have mistakenly taken her bag, all the passengers were instructed to leave the train to check - but the case, which contained a camera, iPad, cosmetics, designer glasses and confidential paperwork, had gone.

CCTV footage showed Connor getting off the train with the case and he was arrested later when he returned to the station.

The 27-year-old of Poolstock Lane, made full and frank admissions in a subsequent police interview, saying he was “high on drugs” when he committed the offence.

He told how he had thrown the case and its contents into the River Douglas after realising there was no cash inside.

Connor, who was in breach of a conditional discharge, also admitted failing to comply with a community order by failing to keep several probation service appointments.

Colin Rawson, defending, said his client had endured “significant difficulties with drugs” in the past 18 months and deserved credit for an early guilty plea. Magistrates jailed Connor for 10 weeks and ordered him to pay an £80 victim surcharge.