A MAN from Stourport was ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work after he drove a car while three times the legal alcohol limit.

Darren Grainger, of Walshes Farm Caravan Park, admitted driving while over the legal alcohol limit when he appeared at Kidderminster Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, April 16.

On April 1 this year, 45-year-old Grainger drove a Vauxhall Corsa in Kidderminster's Birmingham Road and was found to have 108 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – the legal limit being 35 microgrammes.

A community order was made, requiring Grainger to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work.

He must also pay a victim surcharge of £85 plus £135 to the Crown Prosecution Service, and was disqualified from driving for 23 months.

In a separate case at Kidderminster Magistrates’ on Tuesday, Lee Saunders, of Coventry Street, Kidderminster, was fined for stealing four boxes of champagne worth £170 from Sainsbury's.

The 37-year-old admitted stealing the champagne in Kidderminster on April 15.

He was fined £40 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30, plus £135 in court costs.

In another case, Emma Stoten, of Derwent House in Kidderminster, was jailed for 14 weeks for a series of thefts from shops in Kidderminster and Droitwich.

The 37-year-old pleaded guilty to seven counts of theft, which included alcohol worth a total of £1,251 from supermarkets including Sainsbury's and Tesco in Kidderminster.

Stoten was sentenced to a total of 14 weeks in prison and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £115.

No order was made for compensation because magistrates said the defendant did not have the means to pay and the thefts involved large stores.