THE day after he was given a conditional discharge for shoplifting offences a man was seen on CCTV stealing from Wilko.

Blackburn magistrates heard Moazam Ali ran up a sequence of six similar offences while subject to two conditional discharges and two community orders.

And the magistrates decided enough was enough and jailed Ali for 12 weeks.

Ali, 31, of Leyland Road, Burnley, pleaded guilty to three charges of theft from TK Maxx, theft from Aldi and two charges of theft from Wilko.

Alex Mann, prosecuting, said all the new offences were committed in breach of existing court orders.

"One of them came the day after he had appeared in court and been given a conditional discharge," said Mrs Mann.

Nick Dearing, defending, said his client, who had mental health difficulties, had been taken advantage of by another man which had led to his arrest in a drugs conspiracy.

"He spent six months in prison before it was decided he was unfit to plead," said Mr Dearing.

"When he came out of custody he started drinking.

"He used to drink six litres of very strong cider a day which he has managed to reduce down to two litres."