Suspended prison term after stealing chocolate

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A Skegness man has been handed a suspended prison sentence for stealing chocolate from a town centre store.

Benn Matthew Gregory, 34, of Scarborough Avenue, admitted stealing £15 worth of chocolate from Poundland in Lumley Road on May 25, when he appeared before a district judge sitting at Skegness Magistrates’ Court.

Gregory also admitted breaching a conditional discharge imposed in June last year.

His solicitor told the judge that he had stolen the chocolate to sell to buy food as his sick note had run out and he was receiving no benefits.

Judge Leo Pyle told Gregory that he had had repeated chances from courts and a variety of non-custodial sentences.

“Yet you persistently re­offend,” he told Gregory. “Neither a fine nor a community order is suitable for you.”

Gregory was sentenced to four weeks custody for the theft and an additional consecutive four weeks custody for breaching the conditional discharge, all suspended for 12 months.

Last Tuesday he was also ordered to pay £310 in costs and charges.