Portsmouth man admits string of thefts but is spared jail

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SERIAL thief David Barney has been spared jail.

Barney pleaded guilty to committing four thefts while he was subject to a conditional discharge.

The 24-year-old, of Newcome Road, Portsmouth, admitted stealing sweets worth a total of £12.87 from the 99p Store in London Road, North End, Portsmouth.

Barney pleaded guilty to stealing a £200 bike from Fratton train station in Selbourne Terrace.

He also admitted stealing a £300 bike from Havant train station in North Street and lights worth £20 from another bike at Fareham train station in Station Approach.

Barney – who has previous convictions and is described as having a history of breaching court orders – was sentenced to four months in jail suspended for a year by Portsmouth magistrates.

He was ordered to take part in 10 alcohol treatment sessions.

Barney was put under supervision for a year.

Magistrates made no order for a fine, court costs or compensation.