A SERIAL thief has been jailed for a string of offences in Newton-le-Willows.

Police have welcomed the sentence handed to Ryan Burgess for 17 shop thefts he committed in the town.

Burgess, 28, of Maritime Close, Newton-le-Willows was sentenced to 48 weeks in prison at Wirral Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, January 31.

Burgess was found guilty of 17 theft offences at shops including Boots in Market Street, and Spar in High Street.

Items including toiletries and food were stolen, and following a detailed investigation, Burgess was identified and charged.

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Speaking after the sentencing, Detective Inspector Richie Shillito said: “It is pleasing to see Burgess starting a significant prison sentence, one which we hope acts as a deterrent to others who would look to operate in the area.

“We work closely alongside all businesses in our communities to ensure that shoplifting offenders are identified and put before the courts.

“The stress, inconvenience and financial losses can be very difficult for businesses, and such good results will hopefully reduce this impact across Newton-le-Willow and the wider St Helens community.”

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