Security team spots needles

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A thief was restrained and put to the ground after a security guard saw needles sticking out of his pockets.

Christopher Easter, 39, of Lune Grove, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to theft.

He was fined £35 with £20 victims’ surcharge but could not pay immediately so Blackpool magistrates said he must remain in the confines of the court until lunchtime instead.

Martine Connah, prosecuting, said a security guard at Costcutters saw Easter put £20 worth of cheese and ham down his top and walk out without paying on September 1 at 5.20pm.

When detained Easter kept putting his hands in his pockets from which a number of needles were sticking out.

Stephen Duffy, defending, said: “There was no suggestion he was resisting or taking anything out of his pockets and threatening the security guard. It seems to have been a justification for throwing Easter to the floor and sitting on him.”

Easter had come out of prison five weeks previously and had had no benefits money since then. He was hungry and stole to eat.