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Monday, 28 July 2014

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Barrow man sent back to jail after theft from shop

A HABITUAL thief who stole a bracelet while underwear shopping in Barrow has been returned to jail.

Scott Archer was sentenced to two months in jail by a judge at Preston Crown Court on Wednesday after pleading guilty to theft and possession of an offensive weapon.

The court heard how Archer visited Next, at the Hindpool Retail Park in Barrow on January 19, where he bought a pair of boxer shorts.

At the time he was wanted for recall to prison.

On his way out of the store he picked up a leather bracelet, despite having paid for the boxers.

He was later approached by police, who recognised him as being wanted for recall to prison.

While speaking to Archer, the officers thought he was drunk or under the influence of drugs – and then a claw hammer fell from his sleeve.

He had a shop carrier bag, with the boxer shorts and leather bracelet inside.

There was a receipt for the shorts, but not the bracelet, which was valued at £3.50.

He claimed to have found the hammer and had intended to hand it in to police.

Archer, 34, of Thames Road, Walney, has 78 previous offences on his record, mostly for dishonestly.

In March he was given a prison term for assaulting a police officer, theft and burglary.

Mr Tom Lord, defending, told the court Archer’s release date was at the end of July and said: “He is somewhat institutionalised, having spent most of his life behind bars, serving one sentence or another.

“His offending has involved wounding and robberies in the past, but has tapered off to low level offences.

“In this case, he had paid for the boxer shorts, but then saw the bracelet on the way out and took it”.

The judge, Recorder Michael Blakey, told him “You have an appalling record”.

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