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Thursday, 18 December 2014

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Barrow police soon sniffed out roast lamb thief

POLICE hunting a meat thief arrived at the suspect’s home to be greeted by the aroma of the stolen lamb joint roasting.

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ASHAMED Paul Charnley

Paul Richard Charnley admitted stealing the product but claimed he was drunk at the time.

The 44-year-old appeared before Furness Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

Mr Peter Kelly, prosecuting, said: “It was about 6pm when staff spotted the defendant acting suspiciously in the Co-op on Barrow Island. After he left they called the police and they looked at CCTV footage.

“He was seen to pick up some mushrooms and alcohol and then a lamb joint which he put into a separate bag. He was then seen to pay for the other two items but not the lamb.

“Police traced the defendant to his home address and when they arrived the lamb was cooking.

“He told police he was under the influence of alcohol at the time. He said he had intended to eat the meat.

“He told police he was ashamed of his actions and he had been an idiot.”

Charnley, of Barque Street, Barrow Island pleaded guilty to theft of the lamb worth £15 on April 17.

Representing himself, Charnley told magistrates: “It was a mistake. I’m sorry.”

He was fined £75, £85 court costs and told to pay a further £25 victim surcharge.

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