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TWO drug addicts convicted of 118 offences between them have been jailed for shoplifting.

Joshua Stedman, 22, and Martin Doyle, 29, stole £24.22 of goods from a Gosport Co-op.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard Stedman, of Cochrane Close, Gosport, had been released from prison only a day before he turned to shoplifting and committed the theft.

Stedman, who has convictions for 45 previous offences, pleaded guilty to one count of theft and admitted breaching a suspended sentence.

He was sentenced to 10 months in jail and ordered to pay £100 to a fund for victims of crime.

Doyle, who has convictions for 73 previous offences, pleaded guilty to theft and breaching a community order.

The dad-of-one, of Arminers Close, Gosport, was jailed for five months.

He was ordered to pay £80 to a fund for victims of crime.

Judge Susan Evans QC, sentencing, said: ‘You have both got a long list of convictions for offences of dishonesty but in your favour, both of you had the sense to plead guilty and I know both of you have long-standing drug addictions and have both tried to deal with that.’