Magistrates handed a serial shoplifter a suspended jail sentence – after he told them about his plans to go on The Jeremy Kyle Show.

Dean Grundell, who stole from three stores in Huddersfield, is in talks to feature on the ITV daytime show as he tries to quit his drug addiction for good.

He was banned from entering the stores he targeted as part of a two-year Criminal Behaviour Order.

But Kirklees magistrates spared him jail after he told how he hopes to get clean with the help of the show.

His solicitor Jonathan Slawinski said: “He wants to go on the programme so that he can be taken to a rehabilitation unit.

“He’s in the process of going through the motions and it’s genuine.

“The show producers at ITV have confirmed to me that he has applied for help.”

The 44-year-old pleaded guilty to stealing several fragrances from the TK Maxx store based in the Great Northern Retail Park on January 6.

The day before he took eight bottles of brandy totalling £272 from Sainsbury’s in Brighouse.

Sainsbury's supermarket, Mill Lane, Brighouse.

Grundell also admitted to the theft of alcohol worth £45 from the Market Street, Huddersfield, branch of the same supermarket on December 29.

He was caught on CCTV stealing bottles of spirits, magistrates were told.

Grundell, of Lees Head Court in Dalton, tested positive for the use of cocaine and opiates.

He had 149 offences to his name, 63 of which were theft related.

To prevent his offending in future magistrates were asked to consider issuing him with a Criminal Behaviour Order.

These orders are designed to prevent future anti-social behaviour from persistent offenders.

The order bans Grundell from entering any Sainsbury’s, TK Maxx or Marks and Spencer stores within South Kirklees.

Prosecutor Andy Wills explained that Grundell had previously stolen from Marks and Spencer in Huddersfield town centre but the order would also prevent him from going to the Waterloo store.

As part of the order Grundell is also banned from remaining in any shop in the area when asked to leave by staff.

Mr Slawinski said that his client had been addicted to Class A drugs for 25 years and now suffered an “appalling” infection to his legs.

He told magistrates: “He’s in a real mess and wants to go to rehab.

“The show producers are speaking to family members and Mr Grundell and he’s being processed for consideration.

“That shows how desperate he is to go into rehab.”

Magistrates sentenced Grundell to an 18-week suspended sentence due to his potential rehabilitation.

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