‘Prolific’ thief goes to jail

A prolific thief who stole items including face masks, clothing and an Easter egg has been jailed. Scott Starr has been convicted of three separate incidents which occurred in Hastings since the beginning of the year. On January 7th, he was captured on CCTV stealing four grey coats from Debenhams in Robertson Street. On April 17th, […]

Two years in jail – former mayor’s ‘systematic act of dishonesty’

Hastings’ former mayor Paul Smith has been sentenced to two years in prison for defrauding community groups in the town. Smith, 74, of Addington Grove, Lewisham, London, admitted four charges when he appeared at Hove Trial Centre earlier this month when sentence was deferred. Appearing for sentence today Smith’s solicitor Richard Body said Smith was ‘deeply […]


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