‘Dirty Dudley’ in dock for dire deed

The Scarborough branch of Clark's, where Thomas Dudley carried out his foul act. Picture Richard Ponter.
The Scarborough branch of Clark's, where Thomas Dudley carried out his foul act. Picture Richard Ponter.

Most people begin the working day with a cup of coffee, but staff at a Scarborough shoe shop had a far grimmer start to their shift due to the foul behaviour of known nuisance Thomas Dudley.

After pinching a pricey bottle of wine, dirty Dudley dropped his pants and “smeared” excrement over the shop front of Clarks.

Police caught the grand finale of his depraved act, “pulling his pants and trousers up” outside the Westborough outlet.

But this wasn’t a ‘dirty protest’, but the act of a man with a “very, very deep rooted addiction” to alcohol, Scarborough Magistrates’ heard.

Dudley was summoned before the bench on Thursday February 20, pleading guilty to three new offences to pad out his “lengthy” criminal record.

And the court heard how on the morning of February 1, the 32-year-old started his day by smuggling a £11.75 bottle of wine out of Morrison’s, although he was caught red handed by the store manager.

It was shortly after that police came to arrest him outside of the shoe shop.

However, scrappy Dudley refused to go without a fight - “flailing his arms” around as officers struggled to cuff him.

The Kealia Court crook, who admitted stealing the wine and resisting arrest, also confessed to causing criminal damage to the shop window - with his mess costing £10 to wash away.

At the morning hearing, the court heard how Dudley had previously appeared before magistrates for a number of offences, such as shoplifting and drunk and disorderly.

He had been in court as recently as December, but his solicitor Robert Vining claimed he had been reaching out to the likes of The Cambridge Centre in his battle with the bottle.

And Mr Vining used one of mankind’s greatest achievements to summarise just how far he’d come.

“At the risk of being tedious, the American on the moon said this is one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” said Mr Vining.

“I think if we turn this around, eight days alcohol free is one enormous step for him to take.”

Dudley, who thanked the bench throughout the hearing, was given 12 months supervision and ordered to pay £10 to cover the cost of the clean up.