Man stole hundreds of pounds worth of meat from Darlington supermarkets, court hears

The Northern Echo: Gareth Buckton, 32, of Barden Moor Road, Darlington, has been sentenced to a four-month community order after stealing meat from the town’s supermarkets Gareth Buckton, 32, of Barden Moor Road, Darlington, has been sentenced to a four-month community order after stealing meat from the town’s supermarkets

STEALING hundreds of pounds worth of meat has cost a former drug addict more than £200 at court.

Gareth Buckton, of Barden Moor Road, Darlington, stole meat worth £187 from the Co-op store, in Cockerton on January 9, together with his accomplice, Denis Dunn.

Darlington Magistrates’ Court heard the pair were caught on CCTV putting meat into a carrier bag before leaving the store without paying.

Rachael Dodsworth prosecuting said: “Both were selective in choosing what they were taking but their actions were said to be in no way discreet.”

The duo also used the same tactics to steal £40 worth of meat from Asda on January 11, and chicken worth £53 from Sainsbury’s on January 17.

Buckton, 32, admitted three charges of theft when he appeared at court today (Tuesday, January 28) and asked for two more shoplifting offences to be taken into consideration.

In mitigation, Jane Scott said Buckton had stayed off drugs and kept out of trouble for a number of years, but had recently got in with the wrong crowd.

Hilary Payne, of the Probation Service said: “It is just really a blip, hopefully we can point him in the right direction.”

Magistrates sentenced Buckton to a four-month community order, with four months of supervision.

He was also ordered to pay £200 compensation to the supermarkets, as well as a £60 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

His accomplice, Dunn, was sentenced to a financial penalty at an earlier court hearing.

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5:45pm Tue 28 Jan 14

stevegg says...

Yeah, that will stop them, wont be shoplifting again. I have had the dis pleasure of knowing Dunn who lives a life on benefits (and has done so for decades) and is a serial offender so guess who will picking up the fines from court? not him, its us taxpayers as it gets docked about £5 a week from his benefits which we taxpayers pay for! If the out of touch magistrates are going to impose pointless sentancing like this, whats the point as it will have zero deterrant on people like Dunn.
Yeah, that will stop them, wont be shoplifting again. I have had the dis pleasure of knowing Dunn who lives a life on benefits (and has done so for decades) and is a serial offender so guess who will picking up the fines from court? not him, its us taxpayers as it gets docked about £5 a week from his benefits which we taxpayers pay for! If the out of touch magistrates are going to impose pointless sentancing like this, whats the point as it will have zero deterrant on people like Dunn. stevegg

6:54pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Darloresident says...

More idiocy from the magistrates.The only punishment these lowlife got was the inconvenience of having to appear in court.
More idiocy from the magistrates.The only punishment these lowlife got was the inconvenience of having to appear in court. Darloresident

8:30pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Border Terrier says...

The police had a steak out, so he should have got the chop!
The police had a steak out, so he should have got the chop! Border Terrier

8:58pm Tue 28 Jan 14

SS says...

"Got in with the wrong crowd"......he's 32, not 13!!!!
"Got in with the wrong crowd"......he's 32, not 13!!!! SS

9:22pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Jackaranda says...

Border Terrier wrote:
The police had a steak out, so he should have got the chop!
I don't agree with you, I blame the supermarket, they need to beef up their security. ;-)
[quote][p][bold]Border Terrier[/bold] wrote: The police had a steak out, so he should have got the chop![/p][/quote]I don't agree with you, I blame the supermarket, they need to beef up their security. ;-) Jackaranda

8:21am Wed 29 Jan 14

Ally F says...

Offaly bad jokes there Border Terrier and Jackaranda
Offaly bad jokes there Border Terrier and Jackaranda Ally F

8:38am Wed 29 Jan 14

billyboy60 says...

are you taking orders lads
are you taking orders lads billyboy60

9:03pm Wed 29 Jan 14

settheworldonfire says...

They made a right HAM of stealing meat from there....Is this the new MEATING place for druggies...
They made a right HAM of stealing meat from there....Is this the new MEATING place for druggies... settheworldonfire

10:00pm Thu 30 Jan 14

tabby67 says...

Just a blip? haha I would cut their hams off!!!!!
Just a blip? haha I would cut their hams off!!!!! tabby67

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