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Mansfield shoplifter tried to pay off drug debts

Mansfield Magistrates Court

A Mansfield man who stole from Sainsbury’s to repay back a £200 drug debt was found with a “detox kit” to help him kick heroin and crack cocaine addiction, a court heard. Wayne Prescott went inside to steal, on December 1, while his drug dealer waited in a car outside the Mansfield store. He left without paying for a camera and superglue, worth £105 in total, but he was spotted by staff, and police later found prescription drugs, including diazepam, gabapentin and tramadol, on him. Chris Perry, mitigating, said: “On the day he was sporting a cut to his face which was his dealer’s way of persuading him to pay off the debt.”