Drug addict was caught shoplifting

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A SELSTON man with a drug problem went shoplifting to finance his habit, a court heard.

Dale Wallington hid packs of cheese inside a pushchair and left a Co-op store in Somercotes without paying on August 5.

He got away with the goods, which were not recovered, but he was identified when police watched CCTV footage of the theft.

Becky Mahon, prosecuting, told Chesterfield magistrates that he was interviewed by police on 4th October and admitted shoplifting.

“He sold the cheese, worth £20, for £10 but he wouldn’t say who to. He said he went into the store with a small amount of money and then decided to steal,” added Ms Mahon.

Wallington, 32, of Walters Crescent, Selston, pleaded guilty to theft. He had 31 previous convictions for dishonesty.

The bench gave him a one-year conditional discharge, with £20 compensation and £85 costs, after hearing that the theft was committed before he received a community sentence for other offences.

“He has a heroin addiction but he is really making efforts to kick the habit,” said his solicitor, Sanchia Wheeler.

“There was a marked period in his life of three years when there were no offences. That was when he kicked the habit but unfortunately he has slipped backwards this year and he stole again to buy drugs. But his recent tests for drugs have been clear.”