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Shoplifter who stole food 'on an epic scale'

A man who admitted stealing more than £200 worth of coffee, ham and bacon from two stores was shoplifting “on an epic scale”, a High Court judge has said.

Hugh Thompson is also accused of taking cheese valued at £23 from another supermarket during a series of raids in Belfast and Co Londonderry.

The 29-year-old, of Sperrin Road, Limavady, was refused bail due to the level of his alleged thieving.

Mr Justice McLaughlin said: “We will be having a food shortage if he continues like that. This isn't stealing to eat, this is just stealing to operate as a retailer of some kind.”

Thompson faces shoplifting charges on dates between September 2011 and last month.

He denies one offence of stealing a pair of jeans valued at £125 from House of Fraser in Belfast.

In November he is alleged to have gone into a store on the city's Castlereagh Road and stole £108 worth of coffee and bacon.

Another £94.70 worth of coffee and packs of ham were taken from a Spar shop in Limavady on February 24.

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