AN ANDOVER man who just days after he was released from prison went on a stealing spree has been jailed once again.

Corey North was handed an eight-week sentence on December 19, last year, but was due to only serve half of this term.

As part of his release he was told he must keep in touch with a supervisor, but now weeks after he was due to be released, he was back before Basingstoke Magistrates Court earlier this week for failing to attend appointments.

But during the period he had also stolen more than £4,548 worth of items from shops around Andover.

Between January 22 and March 16, North, of Quicksilver Way, targeted Tesco, Boots, Asda, Co-op, Wilko and Lidl.

During his crime spree, North made off with alcohol, fragrances, meat and fish, razors, make-up and aluminium foil.

He also attempted to steal a quantity of alcohol from Tesco on March 13.

At Basingstoke Magistrates Court on Monday, the 22-year-old pleaded guilty to 17 counts of theft and two of attempted theft.

He also admitted to breaching his post-sentence supervision

A charge for assaulting a shopkeeper was withdrawn during the court hearing.

Magistrates jailed North for 14 weeks and ordered him to also pay a £115 victim surcharge.