A MAN has been charged following a spate of shoplifting incidents in Southampton.

Philip Rosher is accused of stealing goods from Tesco Express stores across Southampton.

He is alleged to have stolen stock - mainly meat items and alcohol - worth around £1,438 during separate raids between February and April this year.

Rosher, has been charged with 13 counts of theft from a shop.

They relate to incidents at stores in Witts Hill, Townhill, Cobden Avenue and Fair Oak.

In one raid alone, stock worth £224.70 is said to have been stolen.

The 35-year-old of no fixed address was due to appear at Southampton Magistrates' Court this morning.

The outcome of his hearing is yet to be published.