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A Perth shoplifter helped him­self to a £69 bot­tle of af­ter­shave from a city cen­tre store in the hope of sell­ing it on to get money to buy drugs.

But 37-year-old Neil McGee, of View­field Place, was caught - and paid the penalty at Perth Sher­iff Court.

He was given a com­mu­nity pay­back or­der, re­quir­ing him to per­form 100 hours of un­paid work in the next three months.

He will also have to pay £69 com­pen­sa­tion to Boots af­ter ad­mit­ting the theft of the item from their High Street out­let on Septem­ber 23 this year. In ad­di­tion, he will be su­per­vised by a so­cial worker for the next six months.

A solic­i­tor for the ac­cused said:“This of­fence was some­thing of a wake-up call for him to tackle his ad­dic­tion.”

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