Teenager with drink problem ends up in court

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A HEANOR teenager with a drink problem could be locked up after a court heard he burgled a flat and raided a shop.

Jack Baldwin entered an empty flat with a broken window on New Year’s Eve and threw copper piping outside.

Chesterfield magistrates heard that police were alerted at 4.33am and they attended the Nelson Street address minutes later.

They shone a torch and shouted for him to come out. He laid face down on the floor to help officers to handcuff him.

Baldwin, 19, was in further trouble on January 3 when he walked out of a Tesco store in Heanor with a stolen bottle of vodka.

“He was stopped and he handed it back. He knew he was banned from Tesco for a previous theft.

“He was drunk and said he intended to drink the alcohol,” said Peter Bettney, prosecuting.

Baldwin, of Loscoe Road, admitted charges of burglary and theft. Sentence was adjourned until February 9 for Probation Service reports and he was warned he could be locked up.

“All his convictions relate to an entrenched drink problem. It’s very worrying for one so young.

“But he is motivated to address his alcohol problem,” said John Last, for Baldwin.