POLICE have welcomed the sentence handed out to a prolific Kidderminster shoplifter who has been has been jailed for almost nine months after being convicted of seven offences.

Katie Wadsworth, aged 38, of Westcott Road, Kidderminster, was convicted of the offences on May 27 at Worcester Magistrates’ Court and sentenced to 14 weeks in prison.

She was already serving a 26-week suspended sentence for previous shoplifting offences, which was activated on conviction of the latest offences, bringing her total sentence to almost nine months in prison.

All the offences were committed in Kidderminster.

PC Russell Bunce, of the Wyre Forest Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Katie Wadsworth has been a prolific shoplifter for some time and caused significant losses to the businesses she has targeted in Kidderminster.

“I’m pleased that she will now face the consequences of her actions and serve a custodial sentence.”