Two men who broke into the Wetherspoons pub at Liverpool Lime Street station during lockdown have been sentenced following a British Transport Police investigation.
Kevin Phillip Lloyd, aged 35, of Duke Street, Liverpool, was jailed for 12 weeks at Merseyside Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 11 May, and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £156.
His partner in crime, Dean David Kempster, aged 42, of no fixed abode, received a sentence of 12 months suspended for 12 months. He must also pay a victim surcharge of £128 and £85 costs.
The court heard how the two men broke into the Wetherspoons Great Western pub at around 9pm on Saturday, May 9.
The manager of the pub was alerted when he received notification that the alarm had been activated.
He arrived at the station to see the pair leaving the premises and alerted Northern staff. British Transport Police arrested the two men at the scene and seized the stolen items – three packets of peanuts.
Both pleaded guilty to burglary.
Chief inspector Dave Rams said: “Using the lockdown as an opportunity to commit crime at a time of national emergency when people were being asked to stay at home to save lives, is particularly heinous, as demonstrated by the severity of the sentences.
“Thankfully, due to the alarm activation system, the fruits of Lloyd and Kempster’s criminal labour amounted to just three packets of peanuts – which should give both pause for thought.
“Despite these unprecedented times, BTP continues to patrol and police stations and trains as normal, so rest assured that our approach to crime and safety on the railway is very much business as usual.”