Shoplifter stole £53 jar of Manuka honey from South Shields health store

A high-end honey thief has been left stuck with a hefty court bill '“ after being caught in the act by a keen-eyed shopper.

Wednesday, 11th May 2016, 9:57 am
Updated Wednesday, 11th May 2016, 11:06 am
Holland and Barrett 's shop in King Street, South Shields.

Barry Porter, 37, snatched a £52.99 jar of Manuka honey from Holland and Barrett, in King Street, South Shields before selling on the lucrative item for just £7.

A member of the public who witnessed the raid alerted staff, who spotted the incident on CCTV and informed police.

Porter admitted shop theft at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

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Peter Farrier, defending, said; “He was daft enough to take the item.

“I thought honey of this price could only be found in Fenwick’s food hall.

Porter, of Beach Road, South Shields, was given a six-month conditional discharge and must pay compensation of £52.99 as well as £85 prosecution costs.