A MAN has received a custodial sentence after he was caught with a lock knife in Bournemouth town centre.

Robert Simion Deal, 37, had the blade in Westover Road on April 4, 2020, along with a foil lined bag to commit theft offences.

He appeared at Poole Magistrates’ Court on April 29 to be sentenced for these offences along with a series of Bournemouth store thefts and being in a vehicle that had been taken without the owner’s consent.

Deal, of Kimmeridge Avenue, Poole, previously admitted possession of a knife in public, going equipped for theft, breach of a conditional discharge order, four counts of theft, and being carried in a motor vehicle taken without the owner’s consent.

The court heard that on April 25, 2020, he stole four bottles of alcohol from Co-op in Holdenhurst Road on April 25. He stole two bottles of alcohol from Tesco in Riverside Avenue on May 10 last year.

Two months later he took £25.30 worth of meat from Co-op in Castle Lane West on July 14 and £133.96 worth of clothing from Top Shop in Old Christchurch Road on July 29.

On November 11, 2020, he was guilty of being carried in a Peugeot 308 in Ringwood Road, Poole, taken without consent.

Magistrates committed to Deal to prison for 18 weeks and ordered him to pay a £90 surcharge, £85 costs and £62.70 compensation.

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An earlier version of this article contained information about the implementation of the custodial term. This was based on information from the court but has been updated as the defendant was granted bail ahead of an appeal hearing.