A thief has been fined after stealing eight bottles of spirits from a shop in Halstead.

Benjamin Poulter, 32, of Geoffrey Blackwell Close, Coggeshall, stole £256 of booze from Sainsbury's, in High Street, Halstead, on Saturday, March 24.

He pleaded guilty to theft at Chelmsford Magistrates Court on Tuesday, May 1, and was fined £80.

He was also ordered to pay costs of £115 to the court.

Poulter also broke the conditions of a community order and was ordered to pay another £140.