A MAN has been jailed following a crime spree during which he stole over £1,000 of honey.

Leigh Thomas Armsden stole Manuka honey worth a total of £1,309.91 in seven separate raids.

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The 45-year-old targeted Holland and Barrett stores in Southampton between February 28 and April 4 this year.

On March 25 alone he stole £599-worth of honey.

Of no fixed address, Armsden appeared before Southampton Crown Court via video link from HMP Winchester on Wednesday, August 19.

He faced a string of charges dating back to December last year.

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These included shoplifting perfume, stealing from the Salvation Army as well as Poundland, a non-dwelling burglary and assaulting two emergency workers in March.

Armsden pleaded guilty to all offences at Southampton Crown Court.

He had been due to be sentenced last Tuesday, however, had complained he “was not well”. Found with a “drug pipe” by his bed, Armsden had failed to attend.

Judge Christopher Parker QC jailed him the next day for 12 months.

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According to the Holland and Barrett website Manuka honey boasts antibacterial and soothing properties.

The “high-quality” honey is reportedly held in high regard in the health world.

It is “special” because it is made by bees who use the Manuka bush – a plant from New Zealand.

A 250g pot can fetch up to £149.99 on the Holland and Barrett website.