Heroin addict went on shoplifting trips during lapse

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A RECOVERING heroin addict stole hundreds of pounds-worth of goods from two stores after a “lapse” in his rehabilitation.

Paul Henderson, 34, snatched four bottles of vodka and two bottles of after-shave, together worth more than £200, from Asda in Boldon, on Tuesday, July 22.

He then went on to steal three bottles of whisky, valued at £107, from Morrisons in Jarrow on Monday, August 4.

Anderson, of Arnold Street, Boldon Colliery, pleaded guilty at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court to two counts of shop theft.

He also asked for two other shoplifting offences to be taken into consideration.

John Griffith, defending, said: “He is a recovering heroin addict and has a history of drug-related offending. He is on a methadone prescription at the moment.

“He had a lapse in his heroin misuse which led to this offending. He is working with Turning Point over his drug issues and admitted these offences straight away.

“These were not high-value goods, and there was no sophistication involved.

Henderson will be back at the court for sentencing on Friday, October 17.