Volunteer stole bottles of wine

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A volunteer charity fund-raiser threateningly raised a bottle of wine he had stolen above his head when caught by a woman staff member.

Cole Metcalfe had seen the incident as a wake-up call and got help for his dependancy on alcohol a court was told.

Metcalfe, 27, of Knowle Avenue, Cleveleys, pleaded guilty to two offences of theft of wine.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said Metcalfe stole a bottle of rosé wine from the Co-op shop, Coronation Street, on July 10.

The next day, Metcalfe returned to the same shop and was recognised by one of the staff.

He hid a bottle of wine under his T-shirt and walked out.

A woman staff worker followed and confronted him. She asked for the wine back and Metcalfe raised the bottle above his head, as though he was going to attack the worker.

He then handed it over.

Kathryn Jamieson-Sinclair, defending, said her client had been dependant on alcohol at the time.

The incident had been a wake-up call for him and he got help for his alcohol issues.

He was fined £160 and ordered to pay £5.99 compensation with £85 costs plus £20 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.