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Cash-in-buttocks man in M25 ban

Waterloo Station
Abbott was caught on CCTV footage taken at Waterloo station

A man who stole cash and belongings from train passengers has been banned from entering London for two years.

Peter Abbott, 46, repeatedly boarded trains to take items from overhead racks, Southwark Crown Court was told.

When he was arrested in April, police discovered 280 in cash hidden between his buttocks.

Abbott was banned from going inside the M25 for two years and given a six-month suspended jail sentence. He must also stay at his father's Liverpool address.

Recorder Deborah Champion said: "That will prevent you from coming to London stations to steal."

Abbott was filmed on CCTV stealing a coat and 685 from a passenger on a service from Waterloo on 10 April.

He was stopped by police four days later when he was found with a wallet and credit cards taken from a man at Euston station, as well as the cash secreted in his pants.

The court heard Abbott had 44 previous convictions and a drug problem.

He was also given a 12-month supervision order and ordered to join a drug rehabilitation programme.

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