A WANTED man who was arrested when he visited a hairdressers has had his jail sentence reduced.

Dale Simpson was handed 48 weeks behind bars at Warrington Magistrates Court in July after admitting a string of offences.

But the 30-year-old, of Clarke Avenue in Latchford, has the term reduced to 12 weeks during an appeal hearing at Liverpool Crown Court on Wednesday, September 16.

He earlier admitted theft, 11 counts of fraud and two charges of failing to comply with supervision requirements.

Cheshire Police issued a public appeal over the whereabouts of Simpson, but only days later, he was arrested when he was seen at a barbers in the Latchford area.

Magistrates later heard that the repeat offender pinched a debit card from a parked car during an incident in December last year.

He subsequently used this card to make transactions totalling £84.74 in Greggs, Betfred, a One Stop and a Co-op.

Simpson was then caught using another stolen bank card last month, spending £11.30 on two taxi journeys and £10 in a McColl's store.

These offences breached the terms of his release from a spell in prison in January, while he also failed to attend probation appointments on four occasions.

The thief and fraudster has been jailed for similar offences on a number of occasions in recent years.

Last year alone, Simpson was imprisoned on three occasions.

A first prison sentence of 2019 came in January after he stole a bank card and used it to pay for a taxi he fled the scene of the crime in.

Following his release, the defendant stole a TV from the Patten Arms Hotel in the town centre.

He was then back in court the following September after stealing bank cards from cars and using them to buy food from McDonald’s.