Northampton man who stole charity poppy tin has been jailed after admitting another theft

Darren Bason, caught on CCTV stealing the Royal British Legion Poppy tin
Darren Bason, caught on CCTV stealing the Royal British Legion Poppy tin
  • Serial shoplifter caused outrage after stealing poppy collection tin
  • Man vowed to “make up for everything” he did after being given another chance
  • Now jailed for 16 weeks after stealing handbag from Next

A serial shoplifter given a rehabilitation order after stealing a poppy appeal collection tin from Northampton has now been jailed for 16 weeks after admitting another theft.

Darren Bason, 44, of Byron Street, Northampton, vowed to “pay back the Royal British Legion all the money and more” after he was convicted of the theft last year. He told the court he would do “everything I can to make up for what I did now that I have been helped”.

There is no excuse for what I did and I am so sorry. I really want help.

Darren Bason, 44, of Byron Street, Northampton

He was given a six-month supervision and rehabilitation order and told to pay £30 to the Royal British Legion.

But Bason has now appeared in court again for stealing a pair of jeans and a handbag worth £115 from Next.

Magistrates in Northampton gave him no further chances and jailed him for eight weeks. He was also give jail sentences for the following:

* Breach of community order imposed for theft of Royal British Legion charity tin containing approx £30; committed to prison for eight weeks consecutive

* Breach of community order imposed for theft of a car battery; committed to prison for eight weeks concurrent

* Breach of community order imposed for theft of a baby monitor worth £89 from Boots; committed to prison for eight weeks concurrent

* Breach of community orrder imposed for theft of two baby monitors, a Beyonce fragrance set, a David Beckham gift set and a Ted Baker grooming set, to the value of £249.38 from Boots; committed to prison for eight weeks concurrent. The The overall length of sentence to serve in jail is 16 weeks.

In the original hearing for the theft of the poppy tin, Bason’s solicitor said the defendant was “desperate” and “starving”.

The court heard that he didn’t realise what charity the tin was for until he saw reports about the incident on Facebook which contained CCTV footage of him.

Speaking in court, Bason said: “There is no excuse for what I did and I am so sorry. I really want help. I want to pay back the money and more.”