Drunk dad stole toys from store
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.