A SHOPLIFTER who stole bottles of wine has been banned from a number of supermarkets and shops.

Magistrates imposed a criminal behaviour order on Mark Andrew Martin after he stole the items from Tesco in Barrow.

After pleading guilty to the offences, the court banned him from entering Tesco stores in Barrow, as well as the town’s Home Bargains, B&M Bargains, Morrisons and Aldi's Risedale Road store, as well as the Co-op in Dalton.

South Cumbria Magistrates’ Court heard the 52-year-old, of Adelphi Court, took a bottle of wine worth £5 from Tesco on June 18, returning on July 21 to steal two bottles worth £12.

For the offences he was sentenced to 60 days in prison suspended for 12 months.

He was also ordered to attend 20 rehabilitation days.

The ban from the shops was ordered for the next two years.

Martin was also told to pay £11 in compensation to Tesco.

The prolific thief was before magistrates in March, where he cried in court as he recalled the circumstances leading up to his 43rd conviction.

The court that staff at the Co-op in Dalton’s Market Street said they spotted the defendant walk to the alcohol aisle and select a bottle of wine.

He then lifted up his jacket and placed the bottle down his trousers before walking out.

On that occasion he was given a 12-month community order with a curfew requiring him to remain indoors from 7pm until 7am for seven days.

Martin told the court: “I am totally disgusted and ashamed of myself.

“I apologise to the court and I apologise to anyone else who was upset by these deeds.

“All I can say is I’m so very sorry.”

Last year he was jailed for 12 weeks after he stole a £9.99 bottle of wine from Tesco only weeks after being released.

The court heard a security guard at the Hindpool Road supermarket had identified him from previous incidents.

Before that he was jailed for one week after pleading guilty to theft of a bottle of wine from the same store.

Martin claimed he had no recollection of the theft.

Defence solicitor Karen Templeton said Martin had an alcohol problem.

Cumbria Police urged anyone who sees Martin in any of the shops he has been banned from to get in contact with officers.

A spokeswoman said: “Criminal Behaviour Orders are a useful tool available to the courts which can help the offender to cease further criminality and help protect residents.

“We would encourage anyone who witnesses the terms of such a court order being broken to contact the police immediately.

“The punishment for breaking the terms of a CBO can be up to five years in prison.”