A woman has avoided jail after she stole more than £600 worth of food and drinks from Southampton Co-Op stores. 

Michelle Dando took the £618 haul during several thefts at Co-Op stores on Station Road, Bridge Road and Weston Lane.

The items taken were coffee, Red Bull, chocolate, meat and two Ginsters slices. 

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She pleaded guilty to five counts of theft from a shop after the incidents in April and August last year. 

Dando, 36, of International Way, Southampton was given a one-year community order at Southampton Magistrates' Court. 

She must complete up to 22 rehabilitation days and pay £318 in compensation.