Repeat offender avoids prison after pleading guilty to theft

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A 41-year-old man who admitted stealing a push-bike less than a month after he was released from prison avoided being sent back behind bars.

Mark Shuttlewood of Redcar Street, Halifax, was caught on CCTV stealing the £200 push-bike and riding it down Union Street, Halifax, before selling it to support his crack and heroin habit.

Prosecutor Vanessa Jones told Calderdale Magistrates Court that Shuttlewood was “no stranger to court” and noted he had 46 previous convictions and had been imprisoned on numerous occasions, including most recently an 18-week sentence in December 2013 for theft from a shop.

Chair of Magistrates Liz Bavidge told Shuttlewood: “You spent most of last year in prison and that seems to have made little difference - so we’re going to do something unusual.”

Shuttlewood was handed a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £200 compensation and £15 victim surcharge.