A THIEF who stole toothbrushes and alcohol worth hundreds of pounds from Herefordshire shops has been up before the magistrates.

David Gwilliam entered a guilty plea to two counts of theft from a shop when he appeared before magistrates in January.

The court heard from prosecutor Charlotte Morgan that Gwilliam had stolen items including electric toothbrushes in Ross-on-Wye on May 5, 2022.

The total value of the haul, stolen from the town's Superdrug shop, was £274, magistrates in Kidderminster were told.


The 43-year-old, who was represented at the hearing by defence solicitor Jo Outhwaite, had also stolen six bottles of spirits, worth a total of £250, from the town's Morrisons supermarket on the same date, the court heard.

Gwilliam, who gave the court a 'care of' address in Ross-on-Wye, was ordered to pay compensation of £274.94 to Superdrug and £250 to Morrisons.

He was also fined £80, with magistrates saying that they had taken his guilty pleas to the charges into account when coming to their decision.

No order for prosecution costs to be paid was made.