A man has been fined £285 after pleading guilty to shoplifting more than £840 worth of alcohol from a Tesco store.

On November 15, Victor Mitrus, aged 35, of West Way, Hounslow, attempted to leave the Tesco in Dedworth, Windsor, with two shopping bags which contained alcohol valued at more than £840.

He was arrested and charged with the offence on the same day.

Mitrus appeared before Slough Magistrates' Court on Friday (29 November) and pleaded guilty to one count of shoplifting and was subsequently fined £200 and ordered to pay £85 in court costs.

Investigating officer PC Dan Terry, based at Maidenhead police station, said: "This theft, were it not prevented, would have led to a large loss to a local business in the run-up to Christmas.

"Not all offences like this can be dealt with as swiftly, but we would urge local businesses to be vigilant and report thefts promptly so police have time to respond and prevent the disappearance of suspects."