Court orders Portsmouth shoplifter to get help

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SHOPLIFTER John Walsh has been told to get help for his drink problem.

Walsh pleaded guilty to stealing 15 items of baby clothing worth £212 from the Mothercare store in Commercial Road, Landport, Portsmouth, on March 18.

Walsh, from London Road, North End, Portsmouth, pleaded guilty to committing the crime while already subject to a community order imposed by the courts for theft.

The 44-year-old was told to attend 10 alcohol counselling sessions in the next year.

He must take part in six education, training and employment sessions as part of a 12-month community order

Portsmouth magistrates put Walsh under supervision for a year.

He was ordered to pay £60 in court costs.