A MAN who went on a thieving spree when his heroin habit got out of control has been jailed for 12 months.

Dean Day, 25, stole seven times in almost as many days because of his heroin abuse, Barnsley Magistrates' Court was told.

Jack Danaher, defending, said Day's dishonesty had been motivated by his drug taking.

He said: "His heroin habit went out of control. He committed these thefts over six or seven days.

"The only way he can get out of this pattern of offending is stopping taking heroin.

"He's been co-operating with prison staff while he has been on remand.

"He's quite realistic about what's coming to him because of his criminal record."

Chantel Lowery-Green, prosecuting, said the thefts happened between the end of November and the start of December.

Day, of no fixed address, admitted seven thefts, breaching the terms of a suspended jail sentence and asked for another theft to be taken into consideration.