A BASINGSTOKE man has been charged with a number of shoplifting offences in town.

Leon Davies, 26, of Attwood Close, Basingstoke, has been charged with four counts of theft from a shop and using threatening or abusive words or behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

It comes after officers received reports that items worth than £480 were stolen from Home Bargains, Tesco Express on Carpenters Down and the Premier store on Burnaby Close between January 25 and February 22.

Police said they also received reports that a woman was verbally abused at the Tesco Express store on Carpenters Down on 18 February.

Davies is due to appear at Basingstoke Magistrates Court on Friday, February 23.