Bus driver stole girl's iPod

A BUS driver stole an iPod from a bag left on his vehicle in Dewsbury by an eight-year-old girl.

Terrance Mellor, 39, was recorded on CCTV putting the music player in his body warmer as he checked the empty bus.

Kirklees Magistrates’ Court heard he committed the theft on July 25 before he handed the bag to lost property.

Mellor, who admitted theft, had been driving a bus from Ossett to Dewsbury at the time.

The girl was travelling on the top deck with her grandmother and her younger sister before they got off.

She then realised she had left her bag but was told at Dewsbury Bus Station it had been handed in to lost property.

Vanessa Schofield, prosecuting, said the bag still contained chewing gum and some coins but the £120 iPod was gone.

She added: “He was seen to pick up a child’s handbag and put it into his body warmer. The bag was handed into lost property but the iPod was not in it.”

Mellor, who was not represented, said he had been experiencing personal problems recently.

He later threw the iPod away and told magistrates of the theft: “I obviously wasn’t thinking. I can assure you that it won’t happen again.”

Mellor added his employer were waiting for the outcome of the case before deciding his future.

He was told to pay £120 compensation to the girl plus a £160 fine, £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

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