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By The Cornishman  |  Posted: January 09, 2014

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A HAYLE man has been handed a suspended jail sentence after he admitted to stealing champagne, vodka and a canoe.

He was also handed a drug rehabilitation order.

Matthew Morris, 39, of Angarrack Mews, Grist Lane, Hayle, was facing magistrates in Truro after pleading guilty to three separate thefts.

On October 16 he stole vodka to the value of £33.78 from the Co-op in Copper Terrace, Hayle.

On October 26 he stole an Old Town Discovery canoe belonging to Neil Morris, valued at £550.

On November 3 he stole a bottle of Comte De Noiron champagne from Hayle's Marks & Spencer, worth £32.

Morris was given an eight-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months and a six-month drug rehabilitation order that must be completed in the next 12 months.

He was ordered to pay the value of the alcohol as compensation for both shoplifting offences, plus an £80 victim surcharge, and £180 compensation to the canoe's owner.

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