Sunderland man steals meat when drunk

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A SERIAL meat thief has been fined and given a supervision order by a court in a bid to control his drinking.

Anthony Parkin stole meat from a Co-op store twice in the space of a few days, Sunderland Magistrates’ Court heard.

“The first theft from the Castletown Co-op was of £50 of meat,” said Ian Anderson, prosecuting. “The second was £30.

“Mr Parkin also admits stealing two lots of meat from Morrisons.

“These offences put him in breach of a conditional discharge for stealing meat from Aldi.”

Parkin, 29, of Ernwill Avenue, Castletown, admitted theft and breach of a conditional discharge.

Susan Grey, defending, said in mitigation: “Mr Parkin realises his life spirals out of control when he drinks.

“He has since sought help of his own accord, which is a promising sign.”

Parkin was sentenced to an 18-month supervision order, including a drink rehabilitation programme of nine months.

He was ordered to pay £80 compensation to the Co-op, and £72 to Morrisons. The magistrates also ordered Parkin to pay £215 in fines and costs.