‘Grinch’ charity thief jailed by Hull magistrates

Published: Tuesday 26th January 2016 by The News Editor

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A Hull man, nicknamed The Grinch after stealing Christmas hamper money from a mental health charity, has been jailed for 16 weeks.

Steven James Cooke, 35, of Ryde Street, has also been ordered to pay an £80 victim surcharge after admitting he stole around £100 after breaking into Hull and East Yorkshire (HEY) Mind on Beverley Road, the Hull Daily Mail reports.

The charity received the cash donation from relatives of a woman who had committed suicide and had been planning to use it to purchase Christmas hampers for some of those it helps.

Speaking after Cooke was sentenced at Hull Magistrates’ Court, HEY Mind’s operations manager, Emma Dallimore, said: “We are really pleased it has come to an end. We are really grateful for all of the support we have received from so many different people after this happened.

“We have been able to raise some money and buy all of our residents some extra food to help through January.

“What worried us more than anything was the fact he managed to break into our building. We work with vulnerable people and we have tenants in here. For one thing, it had made us review our security.”

She added: “S ixteen weeks is long enough. We wouldn’t want somebody to be punished unfairly.”

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Published: Tuesday 26th January 2016 by The News Editor

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