Thief was carrying cocaine

A 38-YEAR-OLD man who stole a basket full of alcohol was also found to be in possession of cocaine, a court has heard.

Matthew Stock, of Priory Road, Hastings, appeared before magistrates in Eastbourne on Friday (September 2) and admitted shoplifting and possessing of a class A drug.

The offences happened on June 1 when Stock went to Eastbourne’s Marks and Spencer and filled a basket with vodka and whiskey and left without paying.

Security staff from the store gave chase and Stock put the basket, containing £171 of alcohol, on the ground as he ran away. He was then detained by the security staff.

Police were called and a syringe of brown liquid was found on him. The liquid was later found to contain cocaine and a trace of heroin.

Andrew Whelpton explained that some of Stock’s offending had been because he was trying to pay off debts he owed to drug dealers.

Mr Whelpton said, “He is moving in the right direction and has found himself a council flat away from the area of negative peer groups. He is also reducing his methadone slowly.”

Magistrates imposed a six-month community order with a supervision requirement and a drug rehabilitation order. He must also pay £85 in court costs.