A WINCHESTER man has been given a community order after he was caught stealing from several shops.

Maxwell Lane-Wheeler, 26, of City Road, stole £30.66 worth of items from the University of Winchester Student Union shop on March 19, before targeting the shop again on March 20 when he took items worth £23.57.

He then stole items worth £11.50 from Marks & Spencer in High Street on March 23.

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Appearing at Basingstoke Magistrates' Court on Monday, May 20, Lane-Wheeler pleaded guilty to three charges of theft from a shop.

He must complete 45-days worth of community service and a nine-month-long treatment for alcoholism.

He must also pay £65.73 compensation.