Man ‘stealing to survive’ is denied bail

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A man released on bail from Grantham Magistrates’ Court on Friday was immediately rearrested after he walked straight to Morrisons in the Isaac Newton Centre and stole groceries worth £8.74.

Patrick Flynn, 31, of no fixed address, admitted theft when he reappeared at court on Monday.

Rory Macmillan, defending, told the court Flynn has no job and is receiving no benefits.

He added: “He is offending to survive.”

The case was adjourned until February 26 for reports to be prepared but Flynn was denied bail.

Chair of magistrates Ian McDonnell said: “You were granted bail twice last week and committed offences on both occasions so we are not going to give you bail.”