Drunk thief tried to steal more booze while on bail

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A DRUNKEN thief attempted to steal alcohol from a South Tyneside store – a day after being given bail ahead of a crown court trial.

Mark Nolan was challenged by staff at Tesco, in Prince Edward Road, South Shields, after trying to take Budweiser beer worth £20 from the store on June 20.

South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court heard that Nolan had been in court the previous day and had denied a charge of burglary from a house in Park Road, South Shields, on Wednesday, June 18.

Nolan, of Hollingside Way, South Shields, admitted the attempted theft on June 20 and also to stealing of a box of Carlsberg from the same store on June 17.

Nolan has alcohol problems – with his own defence solicitor warning he could ‘drink himself to death’ if he doesn’t tackle the issue.

The court heard that the 32-year-old had breached a curfew given as part of his bail conditions during the offence on June 20, which took place at 10.50pm.

He had been bailed until his next appearance at Newcastle Crown Court on July 3, with the conditions he resides at his home address and keeps to a curfew between 6pm and gam each day.

But his attempted raid just a day later breached that order.

Paul Anderson, prosecuting, said: “He told police he couldn’t remenber much about the incidents because he was drunk.

Valerie Bell, defending, said: “Mr Nolan accepts that he was given bail with conditions to appear at Newcastle Crown Court on July 3.

“He drinks excessively. He needs help, otherwise he will drink himself to death – thats the bottom line.”

Nolan was remanded in custody for probation reports to be completed on him. He will be back for sentencing at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on July 14.