Shoplifter stole meat, booze and chocolate

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A shoplifter, who stole a haul of items from numerous Co-operatives stores in Northumberland, including Amble and Widdrington, has been given a community order.

Ashley Hope, 32, of Second Avenue, in Ashington, pleaded guilty to pinching alcohol, chocolate and meat, which amounted to hundreds of pounds, over the course of a month.

On Thursday, December 22, he took whiskey, to the value of £35, from the Co-op in Widdrington and also spirits to the value of £99 from Amble’s Co-op shop.

On various days in December and January, he targeted the Co-op at Pegswood, stealing a haul of items, such as Smirnoff Vodka, Jura, Jack Daniels, Taylor’s Port, six tubs of Celebrations chocolates, seven steaks, a turkey crown, and another quantity of meat worth £60.

On Tuesday, December 13, at the Co-op at Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, he stole meat products to the value of £50.

On New Year’s Day, he stole more meat, worth £71,06, this time from the Co-op at Ashington.

Hope appeared at Mid and South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, March 15, for a trial. He had originally pleaded not guilty to the offences, but changed these to guilty. He also faced a failing-to-surrender charge.

He was given a six-month community order.