Thief who stashed Alastair Campbell’s bike at Gospel Oak home walks free from court

Alastair Campbell. Picture: PA Archive

Alastair Campbell. Picture: PA Archive - Credit: PA Archive/Press Association Images

A man who kept thousands of pounds worth of stolen goods - including a bike belonging to former Downing Street spindoctor Alastair Campbell - in a Kentish Town “Aladdin’s cave” has walked free from court.

Alexander McWilliams stashed stolen goods at his home, including a road bike worth £2,500 belonging to keen cyclist Alastair Campbell, taken from his house in Gospel Oak in 2011.

He was jailed for nine months for three counts of handling stolen goods, including a bike belonging to police, as well as possessing ammunition without a firearms license. He was also given three months for possessing a controlled class A drug with intent to supply.

McWilliams, 37, of Lissenden Gardens, Gospel Oak, walked free from Blackfriars Crown Court because he had already served more than 12 months through observing a tagged curfew.

Judge Peter Murphy said he “hoped Mr Campbell would get his bike back”.

He added: “[McWilliams] had something like an Aladdin’s cave. This case has gone on for a considerable amount of time. “If the crime had been more organised and professional, the outcome might have been very different.”

McWilliams was also ordered to pay £2,910 in compensation.

Most Read

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter