A 22-year-old from Ipswich has been given a suspended sentence after being found guilty of stealing £723 worth of products from three different shops in the town.

Jasmine Nicholls, of no fixed address in Ipswich, was found guilty of stealing a variety of items from shops between November and December last year.

On November 22, she stole various items to the value of £220.37 belonging to B&M, before stealing detergents and a shopping basket to the value of £78 from the Co-op on December 4.

On December 20, she stole £425 worth of alcohol from Sainsbury's.

She indicated guilty to all three offences at Suffolk Magistrates' Court in Ipswich during her plea hearing on January 23.

Her plea was taken into account for sentencing.

She was given a suspended prison sentence with a total custodial period of 12 weeks and a supervision period of 18 months, due to repeat offending causing "significant financial loss to both commercial enterprises and individuals".

The reason for the custodial sentence being suspended is due to there being a "realistic prospect of rehabilitation assuming the defendant complies with community requirements", a court listing said.