Sentence is suspended

John Waterman, left, and John Rooney, admitted tending as genuine counterfeit notes at Gunwharf Quays

Man avoids jail after being caught spending fake £50 notes at Gunwharf Quays

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A SHOPLIFTER has avoided jail after magistrates suspended his sentence.

James Cannon, 34, of Gosport Road, Fareham, admitted theft of £20 of alcohol from Tesco in Quay Street, Fareham, on May 27.

He also admitted assault by beating. Portsmouth magistrates imposed a 12-week jail term suspended for a year.