‘Prolific’ Worthing shoplifter is jailed

A persistent shoplifter who stole a large quantity of items from various Worthing businesses has been sentenced to 26 weeks in prison.

Kirsten Hocking from Worthing. Photo: Sussex Police

Kirsten Hocking, 28, of The Steyne in Worthing, appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (30 April) to face a total of 10 charges for shoplifting and breaching a Community Protection Notice (CPN), police confirmed.

Hocking committed these offences from January this year and during this time she stole a large quantity of items from different businesses in Worthing, including £996 worth of beauty products, according to police.

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A CPN with a number of restrictions was issued to Hocking by police in December, preventing her from entering certain geographical areas in Worthing.

Hocking pleaded guilty to eight charges, two breaches of a CPN were dismissed by the court, and she was given a 26-week custodial sentence, confirmed police.

PC Isobel Wimbleton, of the Adur, Worthing and Horsham Prevention team, said: “After months of hard work from myself and the team to try and tackle Hocking’s persistent shoplifting and anti-social behaviour, I am really pleased with the court result.

“We recognise the impact anti-social behaviour can have on the community and local businesses and this is completely unacceptable.

“We are determined to work with our partners and will continue to use anti-social behaviour legislation to tackle unreasonable behaviour in our communities.”

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