Railway bike thief gets unpaid work order

Drink-driver fined £80 and is banned

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A MAN who said ‘losers weepers, finders keepers’ to police as he was arrested for stealing three bicycles from a train station in one day has been given an order to do unpaid work.

Anthony Cleeve, of Hartlands Road, Fareham, was caught by police at Fareham train station on Wednesday, December 4, after being spotted by a passenger.

Cleeve appeared at Fareham Magistrates’ Court on Christmas Eve charged with the theft of three bicycles.

The court heard that the 24-year-old had been drinking, which resulted in his ‘cavalier attitude’ while being arrested.

Cleeve originally claimed the bikes had not been locked up, although he pleaded guilty to all three thefts once in custody, saying he needed the money to pay off a debt.

The part-time cleaner was sentenced to do 120 hours of unpaid work and he must pay a £60 victim surcharge and £40 court costs.

All three bikes, including one valued at £600, have been recovered. Two of the owners have been traced and will have their property returned.