A MAN avoided an immediate jail sentence after he was found with a knife in a Kidderminster street.

Kyrie Thompson, of Roberts Road in Wednesbury, pleaded guilty to carrying a bladed article, namely a locking knife, in Birmingham Road on July 23.

The 22-year-old appeared at Kidderminster Magistrates' Court on Tuesday (August 20), where he was handed a four-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months.

He must also comply with rehabilitation activity, and pay £122 to victim services plus £185 to the Crown Prosecution Service.

In another case, a Kidderminster man was ordered to pay compensation to Tesco for stealing razors and headphones.

Mark Guest, of Lion Street in Kidderminster, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft when he appeared at Kidderminster Magistrates' Court on Tuesday (August 20).

The 41-year-old admitted stealing eight packs of razors and two packs of headphones worth a total of £260 from the Kidderminster supermarket on June 5.

He was ordered to pay compensation of £160 but was not ordered to pay court costs due to his lack of means.

Also at Kidderminster Magistrates' Court, a man from Southsea in Hampshire admitted harassing a woman in Kidderminster by sending her sexual text messages.

Adrian Michalak, of Victoria Road North, pleaded guilty to pursuing a course of conduct which amounted to harassment between August 1 and August 4 this year.

Magistrates heard how the 29-year-old sent text messages of a sexual nature that caused harassment, alarm and distress to the victim.

A community order was made, requiring Michalak to carry out 60 hours of unpaid work.

He must also pay £100 in compensation, a victim surcharge of £90 and £135 in court costs.

In a separate case, a 24-year-old man from Lower Broadheath stole six joints of beef and three legs of lamb from Tesco in Castle Road.

Jeremy Moss, of Sailors Bank, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft.

Moss admitted stealing three joints of beef worth £65 on June 11, and three joints of beef and three legs of lamb worth £95 on June 22.

Magistrates ordered him to pay compensation of £95.

A Cookley man also admitted stealing candles worth £76 from Sainsbury's in Kidderminster.

Wayne Pinfold, aged 43, of Kimberlee Avenue, pleaded guilty to theft after stealing Yankee Candles from the supermarket on June 1 this year.

He was discharged conditionally for 11 months and must pay a victim surcharge of £20.