A MAN who 'preferred' to be ordered to stay indoors than do community work has been criticised by a probation officer for trying to choose his punishment.

Damien John Bligh, 23, suggested he may 'struggle' to complete unpaid work and wanted a curfew, Barnsley Magistrates' Court was told.

Probation officer Amy Crossland, who had earlier interviewed Bligh before he was due to be sentenced, said: "Mr Bligh told me he might struggle to do unpaid work and would prefer a curfew.

"I said he could not pick and choose his punishment."

He was ordered to do 60 hours of unpaid work and undergo six months of supervision because it was felt he had too much time on his hands.

Bligh admitted making off without paying for diesel at three filling stations in Hoyland.

He was ordered to pay £80 in compensation to the filling stations and a £60 victim surcharge.