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A BUSINESSMAN who handled goods stolen in burglaries across Portsmouth has been ordered to pay back £2,500 in costs and compensation.

Daniel Hansford was arrested after police searched his home, his car and two of his businesses following a tip-off.

They found stolen goods at the Made in England cafe, in London Road, Hilsea, on July 16, last year. He also runs Angel Cake in the same road.

The recovered items included a Nintendo Wii games console stolen in a burglary at a house in Ophir Road, Hilsea, on June 20 and a TomTom sat-nav stolen from a car in Seymour Close, Buckland, on July 8.

He also had a PlayStation3 games console from a burglary in Milton Park Avenue, Southsea, on June 16.

Hansford, 32, of Strawberry Green, North End, Portsmouth, was found guilty of handling stolen goods.

He was given a nine-month in prison sentence, suspended for two years at Portsmouth Crown Court. The judge also imposed a confiscation order of £850 for the value of the goods and costs of £1,650 to be paid within three months.

PC Steve Bourne said: ‘Hansford claimed he’d bought all these goods legitimately, but our investigation proved otherwise.

‘He was trying to make money out of selling them on and they’ve since been returned to their rightful owners.

‘Trading in goods you know or believe to be stolen is a criminal offence.’