A BURGLAR with "an appalling record of offending" who broke into a B&M Bargains has avoided an immediate prison sentence.

Ray Moss, of Woodford Court, Hindley was given an 18-week jail sentence, suspended for 18 months, at Wigan and Leigh Magistrates' Court.

Moss, 39, pleaded guilty to entering B&M Bargains in Wigan as a trespasser with intent to steal on November 14, 2020.

A court sheet said that Moss was given the custodial sentence because of his "appalling record of offending" and that he "caused damage in order to gain access to the premises".

Moss must participate in an accredited programme for 270 days and undertake a community sentence programme which includes a drug treatment requirement.

He must also do up to 15 days of rehabilitation activity.

Moss was also ordered to pay compensation of £800.

The 39-year-old's guilty plea taken into account when his sentence was imposed.