A SHOPLIFTER who raided a supermarket in Barnsley has been given a suspended jail term.

Jonathan Michael Beardsley, 35, from Goldthorpe, was given a 26-week jail sentence, suspended for a year, despite loading shopping baskets with drink, food and other items at a branch of Asda.

Barnsley Magistrates' Court was told he and his accomplice, Luke James Sharkey, 27, from Thurnscoe, dropped their loot during a chase and jumped in a car.

Jayne Ormrod, prosecuting, said: "An eyewitness noted the registration number, the police were alerted and the car was stopped near the M1 roundabout at Birdwell."

Brian Bushell, for Beardsley, said he needed money to buy his daughter a birthday present and was in debt because he had not received any benefits in seven months.

Julian Brook, for Sharkey, said his client was "a bright young man" with seven GCSEs and vocational qualifications.

He said Sharkey was in debt to the tune of £6,000 and he had committed the offence because money was tight.

Sharkey's case was adjourned until July 29 and he was granted unconditional bail.