New Houghton man jailed

A NEW Houghton booze thief who raided stores in Chesterfield and Nottingham has been locked up for a year.

Richard Hammond appeared before Chesterfield magistrates last Tuesday on eight charges of shoplifting and attempted theft, plus one of being drunk and disorderly.

In all cases, Hammond (33) had stolen or attempted to steal a variety of spirits to satisfy his craving for alcohol.

On one occasion he took and drank a bottle of vodka in an Asda changing room and was found asleep on the floor.

He collapsed in Tesco because he had drunk too much brandy and he had to be taken to Chesterfield Royal Hospital.

Hammond, of Recreation Road, New Houghton, admitted all offences, which took place in Chesterfield and Nottingham in June and July. He was jailed for a total of 52 weeks.

“Normally he would ask to be sentenced to custody but he is asking you to take a chance on him and give him a community order,” said his solicitor, Katie Fowkes.

She said the graduate had been through detox while in custody for ten days on remand and was “looking like a different person”.

Ms Fowkes added: “There is a bed ready and waiting for him in a detox centre in Nottingham. His family have seen a change in his attitude and are offering him support.”