A MAN who stole a wallet from a town centre pub before using a debit card to buy alcohol and cigarettes via contactless payments has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Christopher Lister, of no fixed abode, entered the staff members’ area of Joseph Bramah on Market Hill and took the wallet on December 8.

The 35-year-old, who appeared at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court last week, was made the subject of a conditional discharge in November for criminal damage but committed the offences while on the six-month order.

Lister, who pleaded guilty, was given a 12-week sentence which was suspended for 12 months and told to pay £109 in compensation.