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Charity box thief tripped up and stopped in his tracks by quick-thinking witness

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A thief who stole a charity box has been jailed after a quick-thinking witness tripped him up.

Joshua Starkey, 23, can be seen in CCTV footage grabbing the British Heart Foundation box from the cash point at a Subway at the Hull Paragon Interchange before running of with it.

Unaware of what happened inside the sandwich bar, a passer-by can then be seen sticking out his foot, which causes Starkey to crash to the ground and drop the box of cash.

The witness stuck out his foot, resulting in the thief crashing to the ground and dropping the charity box (Picture: BTP)

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Starkey was handed a 16-week prison sentence at Humber Magistrates Court on 19 November.

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Police praised the heroic man who managed to stop the thief from getting off with the donated money.

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PC Paul Hobman said: A huge congratulations are in order for the courageous member of the public who quite literally stepped in to prevent Starkey from stealing money which was intended for a good cause.

Starkeys actions in attempting to steal a charity collection box were disgraceful and I am pleased the judge imposed a prison sentence. I hope that his days of offending are behind him.

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Joshua Starkey was handed a 16-week prison sentence after attempting to steal the charity box from a branch of Subway in Hull (Picture: PA)

Hapless thief jailed after being tripped up by plucky passer-by ? Hull A hapless thief, who attempted to steal a charity box from Hull Paragon Interchange station, has been jailed. Joshua Starkey, Salthouse Lane, Hill appeared before Humber Magistrates? court on 19 November where he was handed a 16-week prison sentence.

Starkey forcefully pulled the chained charity box free, which caused the cash register to fall to the ground (Picture: BTP)

The incident took place around 10am on 25 March this year.

Starkey can be seen in the video approaching the tills before snatching the box, which was chained to the tills.

He forcefully pulled it free, which caused the cash register to slam to the ground.

Hapless thief jailed after being tripped up by plucky passer-by ? Hull A hapless thief, who attempted to steal a charity box from Hull Paragon Interchange station, has been jailed. Joshua Starkey, Salthouse Lane, Hill appeared before Humber Magistrates? court on 19 November where he was handed a 16-week prison sentence.

He ran away without the box of cash (Picture: BTP)

He then ran from the shop, with the chains dangling behind him.

Starkey ran from the scene but was later identified and charged with criminal damage and theft from a shop.

In addition to his jail time, Starkey was also ordered to pay £85 costs.

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