Man jailed for north Norfolk charity box thefts

A replacement Poppy Appeal collection container which was padlocked to a church table in Sheringham

A replacement Poppy Appeal collection container which was padlocked to a church table in Sheringham after the original was stolen. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

A 58-year-old man has been jailed after admitting the thefts of four charity boxes from north Norfolk.

The incidents happened between Monday October 26 and Wednesday November 4, when charity boxes containing cash were stolen from St Peter's Church in Sheringham, a premises in Louden Road, Cromer, and two premises in Wells, on Station Road and Staithe Street.

Alexander Hewitt, of no fixed address, was arrested on Thursday November 19 on suspicion of theft and was taken to King's Police Investigation Centre, in King's Lynn, for questioning.

He was later charged with four counts of theft, one count of attempted theft and breach of a court order.

Hewitt appeared at Norwich Magistrates' Court via video link on November 20 when he admitted all the offences.

He was sentenced to 14 weeks' imprisonment and was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £80 and court costs of £180.

The box stolen from Sheringham Church was in aid of the Poppy Appeal and came just before Remembrance weekend.

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