Booze thief told he is ‘drinking in the last chance saloon’

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A tearful drug addict with a taste for stolen whisky has been told by magistrates that he is ‘drinking in the last chance saloon’.

Graham Green, 36, of Wallis Road, Mansfield, was spotted cutting the security tags of two bottles of Jack Daniels, worth £48, in Forest Town Asda.

Admitting a charge of theft, Mansfield Magistrates’ Court was told how an off-duty special constable had seen Green tampering with the bottles and informed a nearby security officer.

When approached, Green tried to make a run for it followed by the off-duty special. He was tackled in the car park of the supermarket and one of the bottles was smashed in the struggle.

When arrested, he was found to have wire cutters in his possession.

Mitigating, James Wiley, said his client had panicked when approached by the security guard.

He said that Green and his partner both had heroin habits and had been successful in reducing their intake, but as a result they had been drinking more which led Green’s whisky theft.

After it was heard that Green had been responding well to the work with the probation service due to previous convictions, the magistrates said to a red-eyed Green: “They have been incredibly positive about you and we are prepared to go along with that.

“We will give you one last chance, but you are drinking in the last chance saloon.

“We need you to sort it out and make some proper decisions - that means not going to supermarkets with wire cutters in your pocket.”

He was handed a conditional discharge for 12 months and made to pay £239 in costs.