A shoplifter who repeatedly targeted businesses in a Sussex town has been jailed.

Rona Colvin, 40, of St Helens Crescent in Hastings was charged with 11 counts of shoplifting and one count of assault for a series of offences between December 23 and February 10.

Colvin targeted Tesco, Marks and Spencer, Primark and Trespass, stealing more than £1,000 worth of items, including ski jackets and chocolate.

On one occasion, she also assaulted a shop manager who tried to prevent her from stealing.

Colvin pleaded guilty to all offences and was sentenced to 14 weeks in prison at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on February 12.

Sergeant Jo Seabridge of the Hastings Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “Colvin is well-known for her previous criminal history in the are and this result demonstrates our commitment to disrupt repeat offending.

“Tackling business crime is a key focus for police. We continue to work in partnership with local businesses and organisations to address the issue and provide support.”