Three men from the same family pleaded guilty to theft and fraud offences in Epsom on Saturday (April 27).

Brothers Lenny and Jack Young admitted to fraud and handling stolen goods charges after being identified by officers using a debit card, which had been stolen from a motor vehicle in Epsom on April 2, to pay for items at a Ewell petrol station.

CCTV footage also showed Jack, along with his father Leonard, taking scrap boilers and a spirit level from an address in Cunliffe Road, Stoneleigh, on 20 April.

They pleaded guilty to theft by finding.

Officers located them after a member of the public called police to report people sleeping in a car, which matched the registration identified by the CCTV.

Police attended and arrested the three men. Lenny attempted to flee from officers, breaking a window as he did so, and later pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage.

Surrey Police said that, working in conjunction with Epsom and Ewell Borough Council (EEBC), the men were also slapped with a Community Protection Warning, which informs them they cannot sleep in a car in the borough.

Sergeant Jim Dawborn praised the communal cooperation which led to the guilty pleas and described the process which led to the ruling.

Sgt Dawborn said: "This is a victory for the community over criminality. I am grateful for the intelligence provided to us by a concerned member of the public which helped us to locate three men who have been problematic in the area.

"Officers used the card data and matched the offenders using CCTV. The footage shown of them stealing the boiler was also critical in order to identifying the car they were using.

"Once we received intelligence about the location of their car, we were able to act swiftly to make arrests and put them before the courts.

"The Community Protection Warning will limit their movements in Epsom and Ewell and if they are in breach, then further proceedings may be taken."

Jack Young, 23, of no fixed address, admitted theft, fraud and receiving stolen goods. He was fined £130 and ordered to pay £112.78 in compensation.

Lenny Young, 27 of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to criminal damage, fraud and handling stolen goods. He was fined £100 and ordered to pay £62.78 in compensation.

Leonard Young, 48 of Ripon Gardens, Chessington, pleaded guilty to theft. He was fined £50, ordered to pay a £30 victim surcharge as well as £50 compensation.