A PROLIFIC offender who stole scaffolding in Ludgershall during a crime wave has been jailed.

Ashley William Sherred, 27, of no fixed abode in Salisbury appeared at Salisbury Crown Court on Friday and pleaded guilty to the theft, along with two counts of dangerous driving, failing to stop for police and burglary at the Bell Inn, South Newton.

He also admitted to stealing a catalytic converter, in Harnham Road, Salisbury, theft from the BP garage, in Downton Road, burglary at the Queens Arms, in Ivy Street, and theft of a motor vehicle in Stratford Tony, plus the theft of a caravan at the High Post and outraging public decency at the Shell Garage, in Wilton Road.

The offences were carried out on two days in October 2018 and May 2019.

Sherred was jailed for four years and eight months in prison, and disqualified from driving for two years and four months.

Inspector Pete Sparrow said: "Sherred is an opportunist career criminal who has no regard for the victims of his crimes and the impact of his actions.

"The sentence reflects the gravity of his continued offending behaviour and I would like to commend the Community Policing Team for their determination to bring Sherred before the courts and get justice for his many victims.”

Sherred was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge.