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Grandad stole toys from Flint store ‘to give to charity’

A GRANDAD stole three Scalextric sets from a Flint store said he was going to give one to his grandson – and the other two to a Christmas charity.

Melvyn Desmond Powell, 54, was followed out of the Littlewoods Clearance store on Holywell Road on December 4 carrying one of the boxes.

Security staff found two more in the boot of his car.

Powell, of Joseph Groome Towers in Ellesmere Port, admitted theft to the value of £247 and was fined £100 with £100 costs at Flintshire Magistrates’ Court at Mold.

“I cannot imagine that any charity would want to receive stolen property,” District Judge Andrew Shaw told him.

“Does it not really contaminate the whole process?”

Powell replied: “You are right sir.”

Defending solicitor Phillip Marshall-Thomas said that day the defendant was visiting a relative in the area and when he went to the store, he stole the items on he spur of the moment.

All three items had been recovered without damage.

One was to be a present for his grandson, and the others he was going to give to a Christmas charity with which he had a connection in the Ellesmere Port area and for whom he had done charitable works in the past.

The defendant, who suffered ill health, wished to profoundly apologise for what he had done.