A man has been jailed within 72-hours of being arrested at a popular car boot sale near Basildon.

Officers responded to reports that items being sold on a stall at Dunton car boot sale on Sunday  (September 24) were suspected to be stolen.

Upon arrival, officers investigated the reports and arrested a 48-year-old man from Stanford-le-Hope on suspicion of theft.

Echo: Items seized by policeItems seized by police (Image: Essex Police)

Following a search, officers seized three vehicles, £548 in cash and a number of household cleaning supplies.

The 48-year-old was changed with five counts of theft and admitted the offences at Southend Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday (September 26).

Echo: The police presence at Dunton car boot saleThe police presence at Dunton car boot sale (Image: Essex Police)

He was sentenced to 26 weeks in prison plus an additional 18 weeks to run consecutively for breaching a suspended sentence order.

A 50-year-old woman is due to appear at Southend Magistrate’s Court on October 24 in connection with the offences.