Seven charged in connection with theft of almost 3,000 PlayStation consoles

The Port of Felixstowe Picture: MIKE PAGE

The Port of Felixstowe Picture: MIKE PAGE - Credit: Archant

Seven men have been accused of handling allegedly stolen electronic items bound for the Port of Felixstowe.

Paul Bentham, 56, of Chorley, Lancashire; Darren Brown, 37, of Leigh, Lancashire; Keith Williams, 44, of Horwich, Bolton; Stephen Woods, 32, of Wigan; Christopher Champion, 40, of St Helens, Merseyside; Robert Ratcliff, 47, Wraysbury, Berkshire; and David Hilton, 49, from Manchester Prison, appeared before magistrates in Ipswich on Tuesday, charged with handling 2,970 PlayStation 4 Slim consoles between August 15 and September 17, 2016.

Hilton, Bentham and Williams are also charged with handling 120 Phillips LED televisions between September 5 and 20, 2016.

Hilton, Champion and Ratcliff are also charged with theft by finding 2,970 PlayStation 4 Slim consoles on August 16.

No plea was entered by any of the men – due to appear at crown court on August 28.

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