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Wednesday Apr 08 2020
By
Reuters

UK court gives three-month jail term to man who stole face masks from hospital

By
Reuters

LONDON: A court in London gave a three-month imprisonment sentence to a man who stole surgical face masks from a hospital, police said on Wednesday.

There has been huge global demand for face masks in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic from health care workers to ordinary citizens, leading many countries to say they have suffered shortages.

Police said Lerun Hussain, 34, had been detained by security staff at King’s College Hospital in south London as he tried to steal three masks. He pleaded guilty to theft at Croydon Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.