A THIEF has pleaded guilty to stealing stationery from a shop in Worcester – and has been banned from the city until he is sentenced for his crime.

Jason Hogan, aged 36 and of Grange Lane in Stourbridge, appeared before Worcester Magistrates Court charged with stealing stationery worth £75 from the WHSmith in Worcester High Street on December 14 last year.

Hogan was also charged with having a foil-lined bag in his possession which was for use in committing thefts.

Due to having other matters to be heard by Wolverhampton Magistrates Court on January 22, Hogan was not sentenced at Worcester and will instead be sentenced in Wolverhampton for the offences.

Magistrates gave Hogan conditional bail to appear before Black Country magistrates on the condition that he does not set foot in Worcester before that date.

See worcesternews.co.uk for updates on the sentencing of Hogan and more court reports.