Portsmouth thief admits attacking four men at city hospital

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A SERIAL thief who assaulted four men at a hospital has been spared jail.

Clayton Forrest, 30, of Blackwater Close, Portsmouth, admitted assaulting the men by beating them at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham.

The 30-year-old also admitted stealing £110 worth of goods from a Co-op in Denmead, two charges of failing to surrender to custody and to stealing a total of £38.45 of goods from a Waterlooville Co-op in two other thefts.

Forrest pleaded guilty to stealing alcohol from a Portsmouth One Stop shop, cider from Westons Service Station in London Road, Cowplain, and £13.14 of alcohol from the Co-op in London Road Widley in separate offences.

And he pleaded guilty to a charge of damaging equipment at QA Hospital. The value of the damage caused is not known.

Forrest was sentenced to 168 days in jail suspended for a year and put under supervision for 12 months.

Portsmouth magistrates ordered him to take part in six sessions of alcohol intervention treatment.

Forrest was told to pay £200 in compensation – £50 to each of his four victims.