Gosport lager thief must pay compensation

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THIEF Matthew Blackburn has been told to pay compensation after stealing a pack of Stella Artois lager.

Blackburn, 23, of Durley Road, Gosport, took the beer, worth £18.71 from Tesco Express in Carless Close, Gosport.

He pleaded guilty to theft when he appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court.

The magistrates ordered him to pay £18.71 in compensation and gave him a 12 month conditional discharge.