Sunderland man jailed after stealing booze from South Shields hotel

A thief has been jailed after admitting stealing a bottle of Southern Comfort from a hotel.

Jeffrey Daniel Clarke, 38, of Sunderland, is now behind bars for 11 weeks after pleading guilty to the theft of the £24 bottle belonging to the Little Haven Hotel, in River Drive, South Shields, and two other charges.

Jailing him just 24 hours after the offence, South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court decided the case was “so serious because the defendant has a flagrant disregard for court orders”.

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The court jailed him for eight weeks for the theft, which took place on July 22, and added another two weeks because he was in breach of a conditional discharge he received for a previous conviction in May.

Sunderland thief Jeffrey Clarke, left, has been jailed after stealing a bottle of Southern Comfort from the Little Haven Hotel, in South Shields.

He also received a further week's imprisonment because he had defaulted on court payments of £2,402 imposed in 2018.

Clarke, of Pennywell Bail Hostel, in Hylton Road, was also ordered to pay a victim’s surcharge of £128.

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Thief Jeffrey Clarke has been jailed for a total of 11 weeks.

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One of the offences involved the theft of a bottle of Southern Comfort from the Little Haven Hotel.