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Jail for drug-dependent shoplifter who assaulted Bishop's Stortford Tesco Express manager

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A shoplifter who travelled to Bishop's Stortford as part of a stealing spree has been jailed for eight months.

Sonny Woolgrove, 28, assaulted two store staff – including a manager at Tesco Express in South Street – during his £1,640 thieving tour, which also included Hertford, Ware and his home town of Cheshunt.

St Albans Crown Court was told he pushed the Stortford worker in the chest and, when stealing gammon joints from Sainsbury's in Ware, he swung an arm at a member of staff, saying: "F*** off! Don't touch me."

Tesco Express, South Street, Bishops Stortford. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (36848208)
Tesco Express, South Street, Bishops Stortford. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (36848208)

Woolgrove, of Lawrence Gardens, Cheshunt, was sentenced in his absence after refusing to leave his cell in London's Wormwood Scrubs prison.

He had admitted 13 charges of theft of tobacco, groceries and food as well as common assault in February. He had 17 convictions for 35 offences.

Punnet Grewal, defending, said that Woolgrove suffered from drug dependency.

Jailing him on Wednesday (June 17), Judge Michael Kay QC said the case was a "sad and sorry picture".

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