Drug addict admits stealing Poppy Appeal box after being caught by CCTV

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A DRUG addict who stole a Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal collection tin from a Sunderland takeaway will return to court tomorrow to learn his fate.

Stephen Taylorson, 49, of Davison Terrace, Southwick, admitted taking the tin from Redz fish and chip shop at The Barnes just two days before Remembrance Sunday when he appeared at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court today.

CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Stepehen Taylorson in Redz

CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Stepehen Taylorson in Redz

He also pleaded guilty to charges of being concerned in supply of Class C drugs and failure to surrender to bail.

The case was adjourned to today for the preparation of reports on Taylor’s compliance with a drug supervision order and he was remanded in custody.

Solicitor Gerry Armstrong told the court Taylorson had handed himself in after CCTV pictures of the theft appeared in the Echo.

“It is not an offence for which any right-minded person in this country would expect any mitigation could be provided,” said Mr Armstrong.

“It has to be aggravated by the timing, it has to be aggravated by the effect it has on the public and it has to be aggravated by his previous record.”