Drunk caught hiding food in trousers

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A DRUNKEN man appeared unaware of a challenge by security staff after he was spotted trying to steal from a supermarket shelf.

Ryan Tindall was caught on CCTV in Sainsbury’s, in Horden, attempting to push frozen food down his trousers, Durham Crown Court heard.

“The footage shows him stumbling through the displays,” said Paul Currer, prosecuting. “He is challenged by a member of staff, but appears not to notice it.

“Tindall then picks up a sandwich and a bag of crisps and heads for the till area, which is near the exit.

“On approaching the door, he makes a run for it, but is stopped by a member of staff who suffered an ear injury during the brief struggle.”

Tindall, 20, of Ashkirk, Lakeside Village, Sunderland, admitted theft and assault occasioning actual bodily harm on March 30.

He has previous convictions for assault and attempted robbery, and has since received a suspended sentence for offences committed after those at Sainsbury’s.

Stephen Constantine, defending, said in mitigation: “The timescale means he is not in breach of the suspended sentence order, but he has been doing very well on it.

“All the work hours have been completed, and the probation service say his attitude to the various programmes has been excellent.

“The root cause of all his offending is peer pressure and drink.

“He has now moved away from the area in which this offence took place.”

The Recorder, Mr Andrew Kelbrick, sentenced Tindall to 50 hours of community work.

“You are building up quite a record,” said the recorder. “What did on this day was stupid and criminal. If you continue to behave in this way, a court will have no option but to lock you up, which I imagine is something you don’t want.”

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