Shoplifter used false name when confronted by police

A THIEF used a fake name and address to hide his real identity after he was caught shoplifting.

Barry Cavill, 35, stole more than £50 worth of vitamins and and other items from Boots in Priory Meadow last week.

At a court hearing on Monday, Mark Kateley, prosecuting, said: “The defendant was detained shortly afterwards and when he was searched a couple of books from Waterstone’s were found in his possession, which had been stolen.

“He gave the name Charles Smith and a different date of birth at the police station and was quite persistant using that.” But Cavill’s lies were discovered after fingerprints were taken.

Cavill, who lives in a caravan on Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard, pleaded guilty to two charges of theft and one count of obstructing police when he appeared in the dock in front of Hastings magistrates.

Aiden Harvey, defending, said: “He says he was feeling quite low on the day in question so committed these silly offences. Things have not been very good for him over the last 12 to 18 months which is why he is living in a caravan.”

Magistrates fined Cavill £110 and ordered £42.50 in court costs.