One of Britain’s most prolific thieves was given another chance to mend his ways yesterday (Thursday) after a court heard he had formed a relationship with a mum.

David Archer’s new girlfriend was said to have taken pity on the man whose record of offences is nearing the 400 mark.

He appeared in custody before a court at Caernarfon and admitted stealing a bottle of alcohol and socks from Aldi at Rhyl. A 60-day suspended jail term was imposed and he was banned from Aldi stores in England and Wales and has to pay £200 costs.

Defence solicitor Huw Roberts said jobless Archer, 62, of Balmoral Grove, Rhyl, was “fed up with his life” but was now in a relationship with a mother. Archer had been drunk when he walked out of Aldi with the items.

District judge Gwyn Jones told Archer he could continue to work with the probation service. He added:”It’s up to you Mr Archer. We will oblige you with custody next time if you want to come and see us.”

Previous hopes he would change because of a new dog proved unfounded.