Drunk dad stole toys from store

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - UK & World Update -

A FA­THER stole £117 worth of toys from a su­per­mar­ket be­cause he wanted to give his four chil­dren a “bet­ter Christ­mas.”

Al­co­holic An­thony Hills (40) stole the toys from ASDA in Peter­bor­ough on De­cem­ber 15.

Hills, of The Cres­cent, Or­ton Longueville, ap­peared at Peter­bor­ough Mag­is­trates’ Court and pleaded guilty to theft.

Anthea Har­ris, pros­e­cut­ing, said: “Staff at the su­per­mar­ket were told to look out for a drunk male in the store.

“A se­cu­rity of­fi­cer spot­ted the de­fen­dant and chal­lenged him to pro­vide a re­ceipt for the toys, which he could not do.

“The de­fen­dant told po­lice he was an al­co­holic and was drunk at the time of the in­ci­dent.”

Martin Newton, de­fend­ing, said: “He has four chil­dren, aged 16, 14, 12 and six. He wanted to try and give them a bet­ter Christ­mas but chose the wrong op­tion.

“He has had al­co­hol is­sues for the past 15 years since the death of his dad and has tried to deal with this.

“He has been of­fered a job in Nor­wich - his first job for three years.”

Hills was re­leased on bail un­til Jan­uary 19 so that a pre sen­tence re­port can be com­piled.

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