A BARNSLEY man has been jailed for stealing a passenger's bags on a train.

Scott Anthony Rickson, 35, of Cawthorne Road, Barnsley, was sentenced to eight weeks in jail where he was also ordered to pay compensation to the victim and court costs totalling £374. 

Barnsley Magistrates Court heard how CCTV showed Rickson boarding the train at Wakefield Kirkgate on 16 January this year before placing his own bag in the luggage rack.

Shortly afterwards as he prepared to leave the train at Barnsley, he picked up his own bag from the rack before bending down again to take a rucksack and another bag both belonging to the victim.

Investigating officer PC Andy Jones said: “Most incidents of luggage theft are purely opportunistic and while there was little the victim could do in this instance to have prevented the theft, we would advise passengers to try to keep a watchful eye on their belongings at all times.

“Hopefully Rickson’s custodial sentence will make him think twice about stealing other people’s property in the future.”