A THIEF who stole a £169 kettle has been back up before magistrates.

Michael Negri appeared before magistrates in Hereford for sentencing in January after entering a guilty plea to three counts of theft from a shop, and one count of failing to comply with a community protection notice at an earlier hearing.

He had also been found guilty at another previous hearing of one count of using threatening, abusive, or insulting words or behaviour, The court heard from prosecutor Tom Wickstead that the 59-year-old had previously been handed a community protection notice.

But he had stolen champagne worth £150 from Ross-on-Wye's Morrisons supermarket on July 15.


He was in breach of a condition of the community protection notice by entering the town's Morrisons, the court heard.

He had also used threatening, abusive, or insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause another person harassment, alarm, or distress and stole a SMEG kettle worth £169 from Gillmans Electronics in Ross on June 10, and a pressure washer worth £69 from Screwfix in the town on May 30.

Negri, of Old Market Close, Ross-on-Wye, was handed an 18-month community order and must pay compensation of £50 to Morrisons, £50 to Gillmans, and £59.99 to Screwfix.

He was also ordered to pay prosecution costs of £135.