North Wales man named as Britain's most prolific shoplifter

David Archer has been described as Britain's most prolific shoplifter Credit: Andrew Price / View Finder Pictures

Britain's most prolific shoplifter has been jailed at Mold Crown Court for his 342nd offence.

David Archer who had been living at Mostyn Lodge in Mostyn in Flintshire, was jailed for a total of 18 months.

The 58 year old admitted two fresh shoplifting offences and two breaches of an ASBO banning him from charity shops.

Prosecutor Gareth Parry told how he stole clothing and a camera from the RSPCA charity shop in Colwyn Bay and a charity box for The Carer’s Trust from the Co-op store in Llandudno Junction.

Judge Rhys Rowlands said that the 58 year old had probably the worst record of offending for stealing from shops that he had seen in the recent past.

The court was told that he had started stealing at the age of ten.

The court was told that Archer had 338 previous convictions; including 261 shoplifting convictions and 11 convictions for breachings ASBOs banning him from all charity shops and possessing a charity box