Sunderland man charged with toothpaste theft

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A SERIAL crook stole toothpaste from a Wearside store.

Clinton Ruddy appeared before Sunderland Magistrates’ Court charged with theft, being drunk and disorderly and failing to attend a follow-up assessment after testing positive for a class A drug.

The 29-year-old, of Ford Crescent, Sunderland, pleaded guilty to all three charges, one of which dated back to November last year.

Jeanette Smith, prosecuting, told the court Ruddy stole two bottles of detergent and five tubes of Oral B toothpaste from Wilkinson in Sunderland, on November 2.

The court also heard how Ruddy was detained for being drunk and disorderly in Sunderland’s Londonderry pub on April 25, after he became abusive while police were searching him in relation to another matter.

The following day he failed to turn up for a follow-up assessment after testing positive for opiates.

After being arrested again, Ruddy, from South Hylton, said he did not realise he had missed the appointment, as it was so soon after the initial assessment.

Angus Westgarth, defending, said medication Ruddy had been prescribed would have triggered the drugs test.

He added that Ruddy had “long-standing” psychiatric problems and was being treated at Sunderland’s Cherry Knowle hospital.

Ruddy was given a conditional discharge for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge and £50 towards prosecution costs.