Dad stole to treat his children

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A dad stole gammon joints from a supermarket to sell at half-price so he could spoil his children at Christmas.

Darren Sheridan (33) took the joints worth a total of £30 from the Coop’s Rainbow Stores in Godsey Lane, Market Deeping, but the manager spotted him placing them beneath his coat on December 18.

Sheridan, of Black Prince Avenue, Market Deeping, was ordered to do 60 hours unpaid work as part of a year-long community order.

Spalding magistrates on Thursday also ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

Solicitor Mike Alexander, mitigating, said Sheridan had no reason to steal as his income exceeded his outgoings – Sheridan explained he wanted to spoil his children by buying them Christmas presents.