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A MOTORIST who repeatedly drove off without paying for petrol has been told to stay at home under a curfew.

Kevin Butler took £84 worth of fuel from Morrisons in Waterlooville in January and £48 worth at Portsdown Filling Station, in London Road, Waterlooville, in December.

That same month he stole £40 worth from BP in Fareham and £100 worth from Botley Petrol Station in Grange Road, Botley.

He also targeted Sainsbury’s in Fareham, Morrisons again and BP in Ripley, Woking, in November.

And in September he stole £72 worth of fuel from Emsworth Service Station in Havant Road, Havant.

Butler, of The Crescent, Hayling Island, pleaded guilty to eight charges of making off without payment.

He also admitted driving without insurance and stealing number plates from Right Drive in Gravel Hill, Waterlooville.

The 53-year-old was told to pay a total of £667 in compensation.

He was also given a 42-day prison sentence, suspended for six months.

Under the curfew he will have to stay indoors between 7pm and 7am every day for 90 days.