Found with booze down his trousers

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A man was found with a bottle of whiskey down the front of his trousers in a New Mills shop, a court heard.

On October 25, Matthew Donnellon travelled from his home in Hyde to New Mills where he entered the Co-op and put the bottle of Jack Daniel’s whiskey in his trousers, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard.

He was then seen taking a number of other bottles of alcohol from the shelves and putting them in a basket, prosecutor Jennifer Fitzgerald said. He made his way towards the shop’s exit but having been seen by a member of staff, he then left the basket before trying to leave. He was then asked about the bottle down his trousers before handing it over, Mrs Fitzgerald said.

In interview, he said he had had an argument with an unnamed person and got on a bus, ending up in New Mills.

Donnellon, 39, of Barleycroft Road, Hyde, admitted theft from a shop.

Colin Ingham, defending, said Donnellon had voluntarily taken steps to address his drug use and was turning his life around.

The case was adjourned until December 2 for the preparation of a pre-sentence report.