A MAN has been jailed for a year after committing shoplifting, drugs, public order offences in breach of existing court orders.

John Raymond O'Hear, 32, was put behind bars by district judge Stephen Nicholls for a raft of crimes.

O'Hear, whose address was given as Alexandra Road, Bournemouth, pleaded guilty to four counts of theft, one charge of possessing diamorphine and an offence of intentional harassment, alarm or distress.

He also admitted failing to comply with the requirements of a community order and a suspended sentence order, as well as committing the recent offences while a suspended sentence was in place.

A hearing at Poole Magistrates' Court was told the defendant stole £60 worth of sun cream from Boots in Commercial Road on July 16.

In October he stole air fresheners and protein bars to the value of £41.30 from Co-op in Seabourne Road, Southbourne, and £34 of Ferrero Roche chocolate from Tesco Express in Holdenhurst Road, Lansdowne. The public order offence also took place at the Tesco store.

O'Hear stole an advent calendar worth £85 from Boots on December 1. His final offence took place on January 4, when he was in possession of a single wrap of diamorphine at The Triangle.

The court heard the defendant received a suspended sentence in June last year for nine shoplifting offences.

The bench handed him a range of immediate sentences, which totalled 52 weeks' imprisonment.