Stole out-of-date sweets from bin

High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.
High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.

A Buxton man stole out-of-date sweets from a bin because he was hungry, a court heard.

Police were called to Spring Gardens in the early hours of October 20 after a CCTV operator notified them of a male acting suspiciously, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard.

They stopped Warren James Turner and searched him, finding him to be in possession of gloves, a torch and a rucksack filled with bags of sweets which had been taken from the bin belonging to Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe, prosecutor John Cooper said.

Turner, 43, of Fairfield Road, admitted theft.

Kirsten Collings, defending, said: “The prosecution facts are accepted by the defendant.

“I believe some members of the public will not think it is in the public interest to prosecute somebody living in poverty who has taken out-of-date sweets from a bin. There was no resale value to the sweets. He took them to eat.”

Turner was given a six-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay a £15 surcharge. No order for costs was made because of his means.