Regulars snare social club purse snatcher

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A THIEF was caught trying to steal money from the office of a social club.

Steven Brown, Keats Avenue, West Boldon, was found in the basement office of Elmfield Social Club in Hebburn with a staff member’s purse.

The 30-year-old claimed he had taken a wrong turn when trying to find a friend.

But regulars held down the 30-year-old until police arrived.

Brown pleaded guilty to burglary at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

John McGlone, prosecuting, told the court the purse contained just £15.

Magistrates gave Brown a six-month conditional discharge with £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.