Cleveland PCC Barry Coppinger has phone stolen by pickpocket

Barry Coppinger, Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner
Image caption Barry Coppinger was elected as a Labour candidate

A pickpocket has been jailed for stealing a mobile phone from a police and crime commissioner (PCC).

Cleveland PCC Barry Coppinger was in a cafe in Middlesbrough when the phone was taken from his jacket.

He reported the matter to police and a man was arrested after CCTV footage was circulated to officers.

Anthony Rene, 32, from London, pleaded guilty to theft at Teesside Magistrates' Court and was sentenced to eight weeks in prison.

Mr Coppinger praised the security system in the cafe and said he was pleased the man had been brought to justice "swiftly".

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