Essex

Woman admits Tesco bin food raid at Essex store

A woman accused of stealing food from the bin at a Tesco store in Essex has admitted handling stolen goods.

The supermarket had bagged up thousands of pounds of food spoilt after a power failure at a store in Great Baddow.

Sasha Hall, 22, said dozens of people raided the bins on 29 January and she was given a bag of meat.

Hall denied a charge of theft and the offence was left to lie on file. Sentencing at Chelmsford Crown Court was adjourned until 20 June.

'Serious matter'

The court heard how managers at the Tesco Express store had been forced to throw away about £10,000 of spoilt food following the power cut.

Hall, who worked part-time at a rival supermarket in Chelmsford, lived above the store.

She told the court she noticed the failure of the fridges and freezers earlier that day and was later given a bag containing 100 packets of ham by a friend.

Her defence lawyer Emma Davenport said Hall, who also admitted one count of possessing cannabis, had not been the person who packed the bags and she did not intend to distribute the goods.

Judge Rodger Hayward Smith said: "This is a far more serious matter than I first thought."

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