Couple caught stealing lager

A couple are to get help for their troubles after being caught stealing a crate of Stella Artois from a Tesco store at Ilkeston.

Jobless Glenn Beardsley was put on probation for a year and must spend six months getting treatment for alcohol problems.

Donna Robinson also got a year’s probation with drugs rehabilitation for six months. Each must pay £85 prosecution costs after they appeared at Derby Magistrates’ Court.

Beardsley, 35, and Robinson, 28, both of Blackburn Close, Cotmanhay, admitted theft of the lager worth £15 on June 9.

District Judge Caroline Goulborn said Robinson had failed to obey earlier court orders and asked: “Why should I take another chance?”

John Last, mitigating, said she had ‘an entrenched addiction to controlled drugs’ since she was 16 but had recently sought help. She had also just suffered a major emotional upset.

Mr Last said Beardsley had been without state benefits and had ‘no income whatsoever’.

Lee Shepherd, prosecuting, said they put the crate of lager in a trolley and paid for other items. They were stopped on leaving the store and Beardsley remained with security staff.

Robinson left but later went to the police station, added Mr Shepherd. The lager was recovered.