A MAN flouting a town-wide shop ban was nabbed by police after being caught short and taking a toilet break in a supermarket.
Keith Bingham was given bail on condition that he stay out of all retail premises in South Shields.
He was also barred from entering any Aldi store in the country after being arrested for an alleged theft at the firm’s South Shields store last month.
However, the 48-year-old was seen in Morrisons supermarket in Ocean Road, South Shields, on Tuesday and was arrested by police for breaching his bail.
Bingham, of Marshall Wallis Road, South Shields, admitted the breach when he appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
John McGlone, prosecuting, said: “The defendant is on a number of bail conditions from the police, including not to enter any Aldi store in the UK or any retail premises in South Shields, as laid out on a map.
“He was in Morrisons on April 14, and that put him in breach of his bail conditions.
“It is his first breach of the conditions, and I would suggest he could be re-bailed on the same conditions with a warning.”
Laura Johnson, defending, said: “There was some confusion in relation to the bail conditions.
“He said he was not provided with a map detailing the area in which he is not allowed to enter retail premises.
“He had gone into Morrisons to use the toilet.
“I would ask you to re-bail him on the same conditions.
“He’s aware now that he is not to enter any retail premises in the town centre.”
Magistrates agreed to grant bail to Bingham on the same bail conditions ahead of his return to court over the alleged theft on Tuesday next week.