Eagle-eye staff foil meat fraud attempt at shop

Gregory Mullender
Gregory Mullender
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A conman who claimed he had found a piece of glass in some meat and wanted his money back was foiled by sharp-eyed Blackpool staff.

Marks & Spencer workers noticed the gammon Gregory Mullender said he was returning was cold with moisture on the packaging and had the same sell-by date as other joints currently in the store.

Mullender claimed he had driven from Manchester with the meat, but when the store’s CCTV was checked it showed him stealing the meat earlier.

Mullender, 48, of Moston Lane End, New Moston, Manchester, pleaded guilty to fraud and was sentenced to 28 days in prison by Blackpool magistrates.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said on June 19 Mullender claimed he found glass in one of the joints and produced a piece of glass.

He said he had thrown that joint away but brought the other back and he wanted a full refund of £11.97p.

Staff at the store were suspicious and called the police.

Patrick Nelligan, defending, said: “It was done in desperation. He was drunk and wanted more money for drink.

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