A THIEF who stole a handbag from the bar area of the Star and Garter pub in Bolton town centre on October 26 last year, has been given a conditional discharge for 12 months by Bolton magistrates.

Terence Howarth, aged 24, of Dovedale Road, Bolton, pleaded guilty to taking the bag, purse, cash and cigarettes, together worth £100.

He was also ordered to pay £45 compensation and £80 prosecution costs.