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Worthing Serial shoplifter jailed again

A prolific shoplifter has been jailed after her latest string of offences in Worthing.

In July 2020, 30-year-old Kirsten Hocking, of no fixed address, was given a five-year Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) aimed to curb her offending.

As part of the order she is banned from entering a number of retail premises in the town centre and entering a number of surrounding roads.

But in January 2021, she was jailed for 26 weeks after pleading guilty to multiple charges of theft, which was in breach of her CBO.

Between 25 March and 21 April this year, she committed further offences. She stole items including washing powder, make-up, aftershave and food from shops including Wilko, Tesco and Poundland.

She was subsequently arrested and charged with five counts of shoplifting and six counts of breaching her Criminal Behaviour Order.

She was convicted at Lewes Crown Court on 20 May and sentenced to 24 months’ imprisonment.

Investigating officer, PC Rob Luff, said: “Hocking’s offending has had a huge impact on the businesses of Worthing town centre. The community should not have to tolerate this persistent behaviour.

“CBOs are a crucial tool in the police response to prolific offenders and those causing antisocial behaviour. A lengthy sentence has been handed down by the courts which will give the community some reassurance and respite.”

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