A factory worker who stole commemorative clocks marking the Queen's 80th birthday from his employer was jailed for six months.

Dennis Mansell (34) was arrested after one of the items was spotted on eBay by the managing director of Bilston and Battersea Enamels, Wolverhampton Crown Court heard yesterday.

Julian Elcock, prosecuting, revealed that Mansell had taken 118 items, including pot pourri boxes manufactured exclusively for the Queen to give as gifts.

Mr Elcock said the sale of such goods on eBay before their official release could have threatened the manufacturer's royal warrant.

"Clearly, with a company of this nature, that could have had a very significant impact on its trading abilities," the barrister added.

At a previous hearing, Mansell, of Salter Road, Tipton, Sandwell, admitted theft.

Trevor Meegan, defending, said his client had risen to the position of supervisor, earning £400-a-week.

Judge Sybil Thomas told the married father-of-one, who stole products worth £22,000 between February and September last year, that his conduct was a breach of trust.