A cash-strapped man used stolen details from a debit card left inside a Dewsbury store’s staff room to buy food, a court heard.

Fakir Mullah claimed he was given the information by a friend who worked at the Sports Direct store.

He used it to purchase hundreds of pounds worth of goods between October 5 and November 24.

Mullah, of Suffolk Avenue in Batley, pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation.

Kirklees magistrates heard that the victim had noticed anomalies in her Halifax bank account in mid-October.

She queried this with the bank and it was discovered that a number of fraudulent transactions had taken place.

The victim received a new debit card and the bank refunded the money taken.

But in November she noticed that her card was being used again by somebody else.

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Alex Bozman, prosecuting, said: “She thought that her details may have been taken from Sports Direct, her place of part-time work.

“Her personal items were left in the staff room.”

Mullah said he was short of money and had asked to borrow some money from a friend of his, who also worked at Sports Direct.

The 34-year-old admitted that he had stolen £300 from the victim’s account.

Simon Lindley, mitigating, said that his client had lost his job and become estranged from his wife.

He told magistrates: “She was pursuing him for maintenance payments and he ended up on benefits on a very limited income.

“The items obtained were food, a phone card and some shoes - not luxury items.

“He had tried to borrow money from a friend and this friend have him the card details.

“He knew there was something not right about how these were provided.”

Mullah was ordered to complete 60 hours of unpaid work as part of a community order.

He must also pay £300 compensation to Halifax bank, £85 costs and £60 victim surcharge.