Shopper tried to steal meat

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A SHOPPER who came up with a ham-fisted plan to steal a joint of meat from a north Derbyshire supermarket landed himself at court.

Alan White, aged 30, removed the contents of a 30p box of cornflakes and stuffed a £23 joint of beef inside in an attempt to steal the meat from Morrisons.

But the offence was discovered by staff working at the checkout because of the heavy weight of the box, Chesterfield magistrates heard.

Lynn Manning, prosecuting, told the court: “Due to the discrepancy with the weight of the item staff were alerted and he was detained.

“He apologised, saying he had £25 to pay for his general shopping but he thought it would also be nice to have the joint of meat.”

White, of Kedleston Court, Porter Street, Staveley, admitted theft and was given a one-year conditional discharge, with £50 costs.

Felicity Clarke, defending White, said the offence was driven by need.

She said he stole ‘out of desperation, not greed’ as he wanted to feed himself rather than sell the meat.