A prolific shoplifter who stole more than £1,400 worth of food, alcohol and washing detergent has avoided jail. 

Keiron Slack-Travers, 27, stole items worth £1,494.90 in total during a five-month crime spree between August and December last year. 

He targeted Co-Op, One Stop and John Lewis stores in Southampton stealing items including wine, cheese, washing detergent and meat. 

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Slack-Travers, of Howard Road, Southampton pleaded guilty to 15 counts of theft from a shop at Southampton Magistrates' Court. 

Appearing at the same court last week, he was given a community order to run until July 30, 2025. 

He must complete up to 20 rehabilitation days and a drug treatment programme. 

He was ordered to pay £500 compensation and a £250 fine.