Persistent Worthing shoplifter jailed
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A prolific Worthing shoplifter has been handed a prison sentence by the courts.
Kirsten Hocking, 28, The Steyne in Worthing, appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (30 April) to face a total of 10 charges for shoplifting and breaching a Community Protection Notice (CPN).
Hocking committed these offences from January this year and during this time she stole a large quantity of items from different businesses in Worthing, including £996 worth of beauty products.
A CPN with a number of restrictions was issued to Hocking by police in December, preventing her from entering certain geographical areas in Worthing.
Hocking pleaded guilty to eight charges, two breaches of a CPN were dismissed by the court, and she was given a 26-week custodial sentence.
PC Isobel Wimbleton of the Adur, Worthing and Horsham Prevention team said: “After months of hard work from myself and the team to try and tackle Hocking’s persistent shoplifting and anti-social behaviour, I am really pleased with the court result.
“We recognise the impact anti-social behaviour can have on the community and local businesses and this is completely unacceptable.
“We are determined to work with our partners and will continue to use anti-social behaviour legislation to tackle unreasonable behaviour in our communities.”