A community order has been handed to a prolific wine thief in Cirencester.

Gary May, 35, of Upper Churnside, Cirencester, pleaded guilty to nine counts of theft and breaching a community order at Gloucestershire Magistrates Court on October 24.

The court heard how on October 6, May stole a Thomas Calvi watch worth £14.99 from Dobbies Garden Centre in Cirencester and then on October 11, he stole denim jeans worth £20 from Peacocks.

But on seven occasions, between June 23, to October 14, he stole bottles of wine from Abbey Road Garage, Shell Garage, and Budgens stores in Cirencester.

Six of the wine thefts occurred in the space of eight days last month.

May was finally arrested after staff at one store sat on him until police arrived.

A tweet by Cotswolds Police detailing the incident added: "By October 14, staff at one store had had enough and sat on the suspect until police arrived."

He was ordered to pay costs of £289.49 and participate in an accredited alcohol treatment programme for 30 days.