Raider stole to feed drink habit

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AN alcoholic who stole to fund his drinking habit has been given a chance to turn his life around.

Thomas Edwin Brown, of Cork Street, Hendon, admitted seven charges of theft and one of being drunk and disorderly at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.

Angus Westgarth, defending, said Mr Brown had spent the last two months in custody and was keen to continue with the progress he had made. He urged the court to help Brown with his efforts to get his life on track.

Mr Westgarth said: “Thomas Brown is 24 years of age. He has had no home life of any kind, he has lived on the streets for a long, long time.”

Brown was ‘addicted to alcohol,’ Mr Westgarth told the court, and his offending was a direct result of that but he has now “dried out”.

Magistrates imposed a 12-month supervision order.