Fined over cigs snatch at Swanwick service station

AN ALFRETON man was detained by a police dog-handler after raiding a filling station shop, a court heard. weds

A cashier at the BP service station in Swanwick saw Kieron Wragg pick up a crate of lager and then reach across the counter and snatch packets of cigarettes.

The shop worker stood in his way as he left and was told to move, prosecutor Becky Mahon told Chesterfield magistrates.

Wragg (21) left the shop and walked towards woodland. Police were called and the dog-handler spotted him in a field.

“He was warned that the dog would be deployed if he didn’t stop.

“He slipped under a fence and he was stopped in Derby Road,” said Ms Mahon, adding that the stolen items were recovered.

Wragg, of Long Meadow Road, Alfreton, pleaded guilty to the 13th November, theft but accepted taking only one packet of cigarettes.

He had previous convictions for possessing an offensive weapon, assault and aggravated vehicle-taking. The bench fined him £181, with £85 costs.

“Whenever he has got into trouble he has been in drink . He uses it to cope with difficulties in his life and when he has nothing better to do,” said Joe Harvey, for Wragg.

“He was unemployed and suffering from depression and drinking heavily at the time of the offence.

“He is now working as a warehouse operative and not drinking to an extent that would lead to this kind of offending.”