Pizza down pants led to court hearing

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A police decision to prosecute a man for stealing food costing 94p has been questioned by a lawyer.

Defence solicitor, David Charnley, said to magistrates sitting at Blackpool: “One wonders why the police do not caution for theft with such a small value.”

James Topping was seen putting a pizza and a cookie down the front of his trousers and walked out of a shop without paying.

Topping, 22, of Park Road, North Shore pleaded guilty to theft.

He was given a 12 months conditional discharge and ordered to pay a £150 court charge by Blackpool magistrates.

Prosecutor, Malcolm Isherwood, said a security guard at Lidl on Bloomfield Road, saw Topping put 94p of food down his trousers on August 21 at 5.45pm.

David Charnley, defending, said Topping, who had mental health issues, had been pressured into taking the food by a friend.

He now realised it was a foolish thing to do.