A MAN was seen to dash into the offices of the Scarborough Evening News in Aberdeen Walk after being spotted leaving a store without paying for a pair of trousers, a court heard.
Steven Shackleton, 43, who had just stolen the trousers worth £14 from the local Matalan store on July 1 this year, abandoned the clothing in the newspaper offices and then tried to leave.
However, he had been followed and was stopped leaving the offices by the police, and appeared before York Crown Court for sentencing on a charge of theft.
Describing it as a “most unusual case to be before the crown court”, Judge Colin Burn was told by Simon Clegg, mitigating, that Shackleton had elected the move to the higher court because he felt that he had not been “absolutely satisfied by the way he had been dealt with in the past at the lower court”.
Judge Burn was told that Shackleton has a record of 54 previous offences, mainly for shoplifting and other dishonesty.
Mr Clegg told the court that Shackleton had been voluntarily seeking help for his drink problems and had found himself part-time work in a Scarborough fish and chip shop.
Shackleton was sentenced to a 12 month community order with supervision. He was also ordered to complete 100 hours unpaid work and pay £400 of the estimated £1,500 it had cost to bring the case to the crown court.