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Last chance for Worksop shop lifter

December 3, 2018
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A 35-year-old man who carried out around 12 shop thefts in the Worksop area, has been given a suspended sentence and a drugs rehabilitation requirement.

Wayne Barker, of no fixed abode, was arrested on the Thursday 29 November 2018 and remanded to appear at Mansfield Magistrates' court today (Monday 3 December). He admitted the 12 counts of shop theft and was subsequently sentenced.

Barker had carried out the shop thefts in October and November in the Plantation Hill, Newcastle Avenue, Gateford Road and Retford Road areas of Worksop stealing a variety of chocolate, meat and other items.

His image had been captured on CCTV and was arrested by Police Constable Glenn Turner after seeing him in the town centre matching the description.

He was ordered to 11 weeks in prison suspended for 12 months with a 12 month supervision requirement as well as a drugs rehabilitation order for six months.

PC Turner from the Worksop town centre Neighbourhood Team said: "We were determined to locate Barker and bring him to justice for his shoplifting spree, unfortunately, we don't think that he would've stopped offending until he was held to account which was causing great distress to local shop owners. We just can't tolerate this behaviour in the town and we hope that this sentence will give him the opportunity to improve his behaviour, if he doesn’t then he will find himself behind bars.

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