Jail for Shields pair who stole luggage from trains

LUGGAGE THIEVES ... Paul Rayner, left, and William Beard.
LUGGAGE THIEVES ... Paul Rayner, left, and William Beard.

TWO South Shields men who committed a series of luggage thefts from trains in the North East have been jailed after a British Transport Police investigation.

William Beard, 30, and Paul Charles Rayner, 35, both of Hartington Terrace, South Shields, appeared at Newcastle Crown Court today.

They were each sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment and given a five-year anti-social behaviour order (Asbo).

The orders ban both men from entering Berwick, Alnmouth, Morpeth, Newcastle, Durham, Darlington and York railway stations, and prevents them travelling on any train between Berwick and York.

The court heard that the duo committed a series of thefts of suitcases and luggage from trains on Friday, May 24, and Thursday, June 20, this year.

Rayner was charged with four counts of theft, and Beard with three. They admitted all the charges.

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