Tuesday, July 12

Man jailed after bragging of making £1,000 a week shoplifting

Jamie Forbes, one of the UK's most prolific thieves has been jailed after bragging that he makes a £1,000 a week shoplifting. The 38 year old added six further offences to his previous list of 296 crimes, admitting burglary, shop theft and breaches of previous court orders.

Grimsby Crown Court heard that after being stopped by a security guard at an Asda he boasted: "I can get a grand a week out of you lot." Sentencing Forbes to 21 months in jail, Recorder Simon Jackson QC said: "You are one of the most persistent offenders that has appeared recently at this court."

Prosecutor Claire Holmes told the court how Forbes went into the Asda superstore in Holles Street, Grimsby, on May 21, breaching a previous antisocial behaviour order imposed in 2014 for three years.

The court heard he was subject to a community order for previous offences at the time of his latest spree. Richard Hackfath, defending Forbes, of South Killingholme, North East Lincs., said: "This man's life has been ruined by drugs. It goes back to 1992. He has had a drug problem throughout his adult life.

"He has never been able to come to terms with it and has been in a vicious cycle of offending to support a drug addiction."

He added his client stole because he was "hungry and homeless and addicted to drugs".

Recorder Jackson QC told Forbes: "You are at a high risk of reoffending and have a blatant disregard for orders of the court."

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