AN alcoholic with more than 100 convictions was back in the dock after stealing a bottle of cider.
James Burlinson was caught on CCTV stealing a bottle of cider from One Stop in Stanhope Road, South Shields, on Friday.
The 58-year-old was arrested after a police officer recognised him from the footage. He pleaded guilty to theft at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
Orla Davey, defending, said: “He has no recollection of this, but accepts that the person on the CCTV looks very much like him.”
Magistrates gave Burlinson, of Beach Road, South Shields, a nine-month conditional discharge.