Magistrates sentence thief to nine months in prison

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SHOPLIFTER Patrick Clarke has been jailed.

Clarke, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to stealing two cook books worth £40 from a Waterstones store in Commercial Road, Portsmouth.

The 32-year-old also pleaded guilty to stealing childrens clothing from a Mothercare store in Portsmouth.

The value of the childrens clothing stolen is not known.

Clarke was sentenced to nine months in prison by Portsmouth magistrates.

No order for compensation was made.