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PROLIFIC thief Terry Willis has been handed a suspended sentence.

The 22-year-old, who has previous convictions for theft, was convicted of a string of shoplifting offences.

Willis, of Meriden Road, Southsea, stole alcohol from the Co-op in Fratton Road, Fratton and Co-op stores in Fawcett Road, Southsea and Albert Road, Southsea.

He also took meat from Co-op shops in Great Southsea Street, Southsea and  Elm Grove, Southsea and £280 worth of toiletries from Boots at Gunwharf Quays. All the offences took place over six weeks in May and June. He pleaded guilty to six counts of theft when he appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court.

The magistrates gave him a three-month prison sentence suspended for a year.

He will have 12 months of supervision from the probation service to help him stay out of trouble.

Willis was told to pay £100 in compensation to the Co-op.