Today we name four people who have appeared in court during the last week for shoplifting.

They were all charged with theft from a shop and received a wide range of sentences after appearing in Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court.

Pleas of guilty were entered in all the cases. 

Geoffrey Baker, 45, of Longfield Road, Darlington, pleaded guilty to stealing a Karcher pressure washer, to the value of £271.15, belonging to B&Q on September 11.

He also admitted stealing various items to the value of £158.25, belonging to The Range in Darlington, on September 30.

He was given a 28-week jail sentence suspended for 12 months for the first offence and a consecutive two-week jail sentence for the latter offence because of his "flagrant disregard for people and their property". there were no orders for cost or compensation.

Paul Graham, 39, of Victoria Terrace, Pelton, Chester le Street, pleaded guilty to stealing Lego Toys to the value of £157 belonging to B&M Bargains, in Darlington on November 10. He was fined £120. There was no order for costs. 

Terry Bunn, 39, of Eight Street, Blackhall Colliery, pleaded guilty to stealing various items to the value of £97.45 belonging to Cooperative Seaside on July 21. He was ordered to pay £97.45 in compensation with no costs ordered "due to means".

Scott Donkin, 30, of Brandling Way, Peterlee, admitted stealing cakes worth £14 from Morrisons in Peterlee on November 11.

He also admitted stealing a leopard print bag for life, four jars of coffee mate, one packet of brandy snaps, one packet of lemon bonbons, 1 packet of lemon puffs, two packets of tea biscuit rings, two packets of Mr Toms crisps, three packets of Cadbury fudge and one packet of cookies, to the value of £32, belonging to Poundstretcher on November 15.

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He also admitted stealing stole 10 cans of Deodorant and food products to the value of £27.25 on November 7 at the Co-operative stores in Shotton Colliery.

He was ordered to pay compensation of £14 to Morrisons and £27.265 to the Co-operative and was jailed for 18 weeks because of his "flagrant disregard for court orders and flagrant disregard for people and their property".