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Prolific Erith shoplifter jailed after being caught walking out of store holding a kettle

PUBLISHED: 16:49 27 August 2015 | UPDATED: 16:49 27 August 2015

Shane Manning.

Shane Manning.

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He has been caged for 18 weeks.

A profilic shoplifter who walked out of a store holding a kettle has been jailed for 18 weeks.

He had only been before court 10 days earlier for a similar offence.

Shane Manning, 34, of Park Crescent, Erith, was sentenced at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on August 19 to 18 weeks imprisonment.

He pleaded guilty to one count of theft.

The court heard that on August 18 Manning was seen leaving a Robert Dyas store in Bexleyheath with a kettle in his hands.

Off duty officers overheard staff discussing the theft.

The officers told the staff they were police and went off to find the thief, catching up with Manning and detaining him.

Manning was arrested, taken to a police station and charged with theft - shoplifting.

At his sentencing the court heard how, just 10 days earlier on August 10, South Eastern London Magistrates’ Court had given Manning an eight week suspended sentence for shoplifting.

The court also heard that on August 3 a court had given Manning a conditional discharge for yet another offence of shoplifting.

Police Constable Matt Stewart, from Bexleyheath Safer Neighbourhoods Team, said: “The custodial sentence given to Manning, a prolific offender, reflects the seriousness of his actions and shows that police and the courts take crimes such as theft seriously.

“This month alone he has tried to steal from stores across Bexley on three occasions, which has now resulted in him serving a significant 18 week sentence.

“The sentence will also help to ensure that our retail premises will be free of Manning’s criminal activity.”

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