Ilkeston thief banned from shops is sent back to jail

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A drug addict banned from shops in Ilkeston for a string of shoplifting offences has been sent back to jail.

Luke Meads, 33, of Smedley Avenue, appeared at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court via videolink from prison today.

The court heard that Meads, a heroin addict of eight years, had 66 previous convictions for theft and was on an anti-social behaviour order banning him from a number of town centre shops when he was caught shoplifting from stores including Tesco on Nottingham Road.

Magistrates jailed him for 14 weeks.

John Bunting, prosecuting, said a staff member saw Meads putting things into a plastic bag on February 12. The bag contained lamb joints and chocolate worth £136.78. Meads threw the bag on the floor and left. He said: “Twenty minutes later he was back in the shop with a carrier bag. That was seized and found to have £29.20 worth of items in.

“He stole various packets of meat from Marks and Spencers and CCTV showed he had been earlier that day taking meat. He also stole from One Stop.”

Defending, Amie Godson, said the offences were committed to fund his heroin addiction. She said: “He has been in a vicious circle for a number of years. He has been on a methadone prescription since November and said he knows he needs to get off the heroin if he is to have contact with his two-and-a-half year-old daughter, He is motivated to do that.”

In sentencing Meads, magistrates said the reasons for a custodial sentence was because previous interventions had not worked and he had repeatedly offended.

He was sentenced to 14 weeks for the breach of the asbo, and four weeks for the thefts, to run concurrently. He is likely to be released on licence after seven weeks but will be returned to jail if he offends again.

He must pay a £80 victim surcharge and will be subject to a supervision order on his release.

Meads was jailed for eight weeks in December 2011. His face can be seen on shop posters in Ilkeston, at places he is banned.