Shoplifter told that there’s no alternative to jail

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AN EASTBOURNE man with drug problems has been jailed for stealing goods after magistrates said there was ‘no alternative’.

In the run-up to Christmas, Terence Davies entered the Iceland store and was caught on CCTV taking four turkey crowns and making no attempt to pay for them before leaving.

The 50-year-old then went back to the same store later on the same day and took similar items - but on this occasion he was apprehended in the car park.

Davies, who is on a order which includes supervision, was arrested and admitted the theft when interviewed by police.

The Elsted Road resident pleaded guilty to two counts of theft when he appeared at Eastbourne Magistrates Court.

Antony Stannard, defending, asked magistrates to give his client credit for his full admissions and added, “He has come with his bags because he knows the position he is in.

“A number of offences this year have resulted in various orders.

“You could order costs and compensation.

“He has an entrenched drug problem, a number of health problems and is in receipt of benefit.”

The court also heard from probation who said there were few other options for sentencing they could put forward because while Davies had attended appointments he had continued to offend.

Davies was sent to prison for 56 days and the order he was on was revoked.