Man stole cider from shop as a cry for help

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STEALING bottles of cider from a Grantham store was a cry for help, a court heard.

Upon being arrested and interviewed by police, Paul Temple, 46, admitted stealing five bottles of cider from the Co-op shop in Dysart Road, between September 4 and September 7.

He told officers he saw it as a way of getting help, prosecutor Jill Derby told magistrates.

Chris Pye-Smith, defending, told the court on Wednesday: “Mr Temple is a recovering alcoholic. He has had a problem with alcohol for a number of years.”

He added: “Over the period of September, he relapsed into heavy alcohol abuse. He said he was glad he was caught and told police he wanted help. In fact, he took up the offer of seeing Addaction whilst at the police station.”

Magistrates were told that Temple, of Wroxall Drive, Grantham, has not been before the court since 2005, which was for a similar offence.

Temple is now working with Addaction to solve his alcohol-related problems.

Magistrates gave him a six-month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £19.45 in compensation to the Co-op store and also £40 towards prosecution costs.