‘Desperately drunk’ teen’s chocolate fix lands him in court

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A “DESPERATELY drunk” teenager landed himself in court after stealing booze and a snack from a South Tyneside store.

Nicholas Turner was caught on in-store CCTV stealing two bottles of beer and a chocolate bar from B&M Bargains, in North Street, South Shields.

The 19-year-old was identified from the footage by police and later arrested.

Turner, of Whitehead Street, South Shields, admitted shop theft when he appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard that he had sunk a litre of vodka before carrying out the raid.

Derek Walden, prosecuting, said: “The offence goes back to April 9.

“It was just after 5pm and a member of staff at B&M Bargains is made aware that a male had stolen items and made off towards Queen Street.

“CCTV footage was reviewed by staff and his description was obtained.

“He is duly arrested and interviewed on April 15. The items stolen came to a value of £2.97.

“He confirmed he had stolen the alcohol and the chocolate bars when interviewed by police.

“But he said he couldn’t clearly recall the day as he had been under the influence of alcohol.

“He had drunk a litre of alchol through the day. He accepted he consumed the alcohol and the chocolate bar”.

Christopher Brown, defending, said: “He got himself so desperately drunk and went in the store and stole the three items.

“He accepted that he was responsible and has pleaded guilty straight away.”

Magistrates requested that a probation report be prepared on Turner ahead of sentencing.

He will be back at court for sentencing on the theft on May 27.

He was granted bail until then, with the conditions he resides at his home address and does not enter B&M Bargains.

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