A CREDIT card fraudster has been trapped by Camberley town centre's thumbprint scheme.

He was arrested after fleeing from a shop where he had tried to buy goods with a forged credit card.

The 21-year-old villain took to his heels after staff asked him to provide a thumbprint on the card's receipt.

His description was immediately passed to the police, who arrested him in the shopping centre.

The man, from Edmonton, London, pleaded guilty at Woking Magistrates' Court to using a forged credit card. He was remanded on bail for sentencing later this month.

Judy Williams, Camberley police press officer, said: "This case demonstrates the effectiveness of the thumbprint scheme."

It was introduced about a year ago after being trailed successfully in America, where it was said to have reduced fraud by about 75 per cent.

"Not many fraudsters want to leave their fingerprints at the scene of a crime," said one police officer.