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Thief jailed for stealing Bradley Lowery fundraising tin

The theft was captured on CCTV Credit: Durham Police

A thief who stole a charity box full of donated cash for terminally ill Bradley Lowery has been jailed.

Stephen Whitworth, 35, appeared at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court on Monday where he pleaded guilty to one count of theft and was jailed for 12 weeks.

Whitworth, of Great North Road, Chester-le-Street, crept into the The Lunch Box cafe on Yoden Road, Peterlee, at around 11am on Sunday and took the box from the counter.

Durham Police issued an appeal and the cafe released video of Whitworth stealing the cash meant for five-year-old Bradley before he was arrested in the early hours of Monday.

Officers were able to recover the money collected for the Bradley Lowery Foundation, which was set up to help Bradley, from Blackhall, County Durham, who has neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer.

Durham Police managed to get the money back hours after it was taken Credit: Durham Police

Bradley Lowery has touched the hearts of people all over the world since he was diagnosed with the disease in January 2013.

When his family were told his cancer was incurable, well-wishers raised hundreds of thousands of pounds to get him life-saving treatment in the US.

But his mum Gemma, 33, recently shared the devastating news that the cancer had spread to Bradley's spine.

He is receiving palliative care at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle but is set to be an England mascot alongside his hero Jermain Defoe at the World Cup qualifier next week.