A man has been jailed for shoplifting after he stole electrical items while serving a suspended sentence.

Simon Speer,36, of Langley Grove, Sandridge, stolen £80 worth of goods from Clas Ohlson in The Maltings on March 11 while serving a 14 week suspended sentence for stealing 10 steaks from Sainsbury’s in Marshalswick on March 8 and for spitting at police officers.

He has been sent to prison for 16 weeks after a hearing at St Albans Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Detective Constable Tony Kong said: “St Albans Magistrates offered Simon Speer the opportunity for redemption but he decided to abuse the court’s trust and continue to commit crime in St Albans.”