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AN Aberystwyth man who stole food from two stores has avoided being returned to prison.

The Cambrian News reported “William Michael Paul Parker, 25, admitted stealing food worth just over £22 from Lidl and £14.99 from Iceland on 17 March after he was stopped by staff at one of the stores.

Prosecutor Rhian Jones said staff from Lidl called police to say they had detained a shoplifter.

A number of items of food were found in his bag, but while some of the items had come from Lidl, others had come from the neighbouring Iceland store.

Checks of the Iceland CCTV showed that Parker, of 3 Terrace Road, had paid for some items but put other items in his bag and pockets and left.

Parker told police that he had been struggling financially and hadn’t had the money to pay for the items.

Magistrates heard that Parker was currently on licence from prison and was subject to post-sentence supervision from the probation service and it had been decided he would not be recalled to prison.

Defence solicitor Katy Hanson said Parker had been responding well to that order and had been working with agencies to address a range of issues and that he felt he had “let himself down” by offending again.

Ms Hanson said that at the time of the theft offences Parker had been moving house and there were a lot of changes and he had found himself without money.

Parker was fined £80, will pay costs of £115 and will pay compensation of £14.99 to Iceland and £7.27 to Lidl for items that could not be sold” here.

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