A 36-year-old man has been jailed for 34 weeks after pleading guilty to several shoplifting, burglary and theft offences.

Paul Handley, of Store Street, Haslingden, was jailed at Blackburn Magistrates' Court following for a number of offences, including four counts of shoplifting, two burglaries and two thefts of charity boxes.

The offences were all committed in Haslingden and Rawtenstall in May this year, when Handley stole items from the Asda and Tesco stores, as well as breaking into Rabs Fish and Chips, and Unscripted Boutique in Deardengate.

On one occassion he stole six bottles of Jack Daniels, to the value of £150, and two days later stole numerous electrical items, namely electric shavers, to the value of £175.

He also stole three memory cards and two pairs of wireless headphones, and an electric toothbrush. 

A spokesperson for Lancashire Police said: "The investigations were the result of both response and neighbourhood officers working as quickly as possible to ensure he appeared before the court, with sufficient evidence to ensure the magistrates had the powers to deal with him when he was produced from the police cells following his arrest."