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Brother stole Hermes handbags in Berkshire manor row

A former multi-millionaire has been given a community order after stealing his sister's £15,000 designer handbags.

Stephen Humberstone, 51, took the three Hermes bags after a row, Reading Crown Court heard.

The feud began when his sister, Jane Roshan, refused to leave his home, Loddon Manor in Wargrave, Berkshire.

Humberstone, of Kilburn High Road, north-west London, admitted theft last month. He was given a community order and must perform 80 hours unpaid work.

He took the bags, which he had bought for his sister as a gift, in a "fit of pique", the court was told.

Declared bankrupt

He had wanted his sister, who was not paying rent, to move out of Loddon Manor as banks intended to repossess the property after the recession hit.

When her brother took the bags, Ms Roshan called police, who arrested Humberstone.

The house was eventually sold, but brother and sister have both now been declared bankrupt.

The court heard Humberstone and Ms Roshan no longer speak to each other.

The bags were returned to the court by Humberstone and will eventually be given back to Ms Roshan.

He was also ordered to pay £200 court costs.

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