Gardener stole tool from store

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A DOWN-ON-HIS-LUCK gardener admitted stealing a tool from B&Q in Grantham.

Jill Derby, prosecuting, said Richard Godson, of Princess Drive, Grantham, walked into the London Road shop and was recognised by staff who believed he had been involved in previous matters in the store.

Goodson took an angle grinder out of its box and hid it about his person before leaving the store without paying.

Giles Tyas, defending, said: “It was all because he needed it and doesn’t have any money.”

Mr Tyas said that Godson stole the tool to help his job as a gardener. He added that Godson was struggling with “significant debts”.

Godson admitted shoplifting. He was fined £120 and ordered to pay compensation of £7.50. He was spared costs but ordered to pay a surcharge of £15.

Godson was accused alongside John Hill of Tennyson Avenue, Grantham.

Hill, 54, denied a similar charge of theft relating to the same angle grinder. He will return to Grantham Magistrates’ Court on October 27 in the afternoon for trial. He was released on unconditional bail.