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Man jailed for stealing charity box in Penrith

A man has been jailed for 70 days after stealing a British Heart Foundation charity box in Penrith.

43-year-old Peter Ainsley stole the box from the booking office at Penrith station on September 27th.

Staff alerted the British Transport Police, who found the empty box at Oxenholm station the following day.

They issued an appeal, and shortly afterwards Mr Ainsley was arrested and charged.

"Clearly this was not a high-value theft, but Ainsley targeted a charity as a means to make money, which is deplorable.

“Thankfully our appeal was a success and we were able to put Ainsley before the court and hold him to account for his criminality.”

– PC Darren Rogers, British Transport Police, North Western Area