A thief who stole face masks from a London hospital has been jailed for three months.

Lerun Hussain, 34, pleaded guilty to theft at Croydon Magistrates' Court.

Police said Hussain, from Clapham, south London, was held by security staff at King's College Hospital late on Sunday night after he stole three face masks.

Earlier this month a doctor pleaded with people to stop stealing essential medical equipment.

Senior registrar Dr Julia Prague said vital supplies were going missing which could have a serious impact on medical staff being able to do their job.

It's really important that patients don't come in to steal our masks and alcohol gel. We need that to look after ourselves and look after your relatives.

Dr Julia Prague, Senior Registrar