Bike thief given a suspended sentence

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A THIEF who stole a bike from outside a school has been given a suspended sentence.

Daniel Grainger took the woman’s bike, worth £65, from Stamshaw Infant School in North End Avenue, on July 4.

Two days later he stole washing detergents, worth £57, from the Co-op in Copnor Road, Copnor.

The next day, on July 8, he returned to the same Co-op store and stole £53 worth of air fresheners and magazines.

Grainger, of Heathfield Road, Portsmouth, pleaded guilty to three counts of theft when he appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court.

The unemployed 22-year-old was given an eight week prison sentence suspended for a year.

The court heard he had a history of committing thefts.

The magistrates ordered him to pay £65 in compensation to the owner of the bike and £110 in compensation to the Co-op.

He will also have to pay £85 in court costs. The money will automatically be taken out of the benefits he receives.