A thief who stole chocolate from a shop in Whittlesey and was found in possession of a knife has been jailed. 

On September 15 last year, Lloyd Speight, 36, entered Lincolnshire Co-Op in West End, Whittlesey, picked up a basket and filled it with about £60 of chocolate and left without paying.

Police officers recognised Speight whilst on patrol in Cathedral Square, Peterborough city centre, on November 4, and after running his details through the Police National Computer (PNC), he was arrested after flagging as being wanted for the shoplifting offence.

He was further arrested for being in possession of a knife in a public place after one was found in his pocket during a search.

Speight, of Riseholme, Orton Goldhay, appeared at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court on Friday (March 8), where he was sentenced to six months in prison.

He has also been ordered to pay £55.60 in compensation to the Co-Op for the stolen chocolate.

PC Chris Grant, who investigated, said: “Despite Speight’s claims that the knife was going to be used to repair his bike, it is still an offence to be in possession of a knife in a public place, and is imperative that we get them off of the streets before they potentially cause harm to someone.

“Knife crime is an issue that we as a force are continually tackling, and I urge anyone with concerns around someone who may be carrying a weapon to report it to us.”

Anyone with information or concerns about someone in possession of a weapon is urged to report to police online via the dedicated knife crime information webpage.