Eastbourne shoplifter handed prison sentence after magistrates decide he is a ‘professional criminal’

Peter Lonergan, 34, of Hurst Lane, Eastbourne, was given a prison sentence by magistrates who described him as ‘a professional criminal’.

Lonergan pleaded guilty to stealing meat worth £139.26 from Marks and Spencers on August 17 when he appeared at Hastings Magistrates Court on January 25.

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He was sentenced to seven days in prison and ordered to pay £69.53 in compensation.

Magistrates said the reason for the custodial sentence was because the number and nature of previous offences showed he was operating as a professional criminal.

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