A MAN who stole two pressure washers from a Poole business on a single day has been ordered to carry out unpaid work.

Jonathan Curtis, of Langdon Road in Poole, stole the Karcher washers - each of which is worth £350 - from B&Q in Fleets Lane on June 18.

The 43-year-old admitted both counts before magistrates on October 5. He also pleaded guilty to the conviction of an offence while a community order made on April 26 for four counts of theft was in force.

Magistrates sentenced Curtis to a community order, under which he must participate in a 'thinking skills' programme for 29 days, as well as a rehabilitation activity requirement for 12 days.

The defendant must also carry out 40 hours of unpaid work within the next 12 months.

The court heard Curtis was convicted in April of stealing alcohol worth more than £430 from Poole supermarkets, as well as makeup worth £929.45 from Boots at Castlepoint in Bournemouth.