A PROLIFIC thief admitted breaching an order to keep out of a town centre.

Kirsten Hocking was given an order to stay out of Worthing in August.

But last month she was spotted entering the Lidl store in North Street.

It put her in breach of a Criminal Behaviour Order.

The order banned her from entering Lidl.

At Crawley Magistrates’ Court Hocking, 28, admitted the breach.

She was fined £40, with a £34 surcharge and £40 costs.

The order was previously extended to ban her from every Marks and Spencer, Poundland, Wilkinson or Waitrose store in England and Wales.

The five-year ban put in place prevents her from entering shops or businesses situated in Montague Street, Rowlands Road, South Street, Warwick Street and Chapel Road in Worthing.

It also stops Hocking entering the Montague Centre, the Tesco store in Goring Road, Lidl in North Street, and Boots at Lyons Farm.

Hocking, of Lydhurst Road, Worthing, was previously jailed for six months in April after admitting eight shoplifting offences.

The order first made in December last year remains in force.

Police Sergeant Jason Stanley said months of hard work had gone into trying to tackle Hocking’s crimes and described her as a “persistent” menace for carrying out thefts and also antisocial behaviour.