Despairing husband driven to shoplifting

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A MARRIED man who went on a family walk in the Peak District, then stole clothes from a Bakewell shop, told police he was desperate to buy Christmas presents.

Richard Keywood, aged 42, was spotted trying on a £215 coat before putting it into a bag tied to the back of a child’s pushchair.

Other items, all from shops in Bakewell and Buxton, were later found in his car.

When interviewed by police unemployed Keywood, from Hunters Way, Dinnington, said he had serious debts that were affecting his marriage.

“My wife is going to work every morning and she supports me. How bad is that? It kills me,” he said. “I’d do anything just to be working and not consider something like this.”

Presiding magistrate at Chesterfield magistrates’ court, Pat Boyle, said: “These devious thefts have taken some planning.”

Keywood was ordered to do 120 hours of unpaid work and pay £85 costs.