A man behind a “mean and selfish act” against a food bank has been ordered to pay compensation after causing hundreds of pounds of damage.

Adam Parkington targeted Trinity Food Bank on Westminster Avenue in Radcliffe at around 10pm on December 2, 2020 along with another man, John Alder, who was sentenced at Bolton Crown Court last week.

Parkington, of Cyprus Street, Middleton, was brought before the court for his role in stealing £150 worth of groceries from the food bank, which is based at Trinity Baptist Church.

Before the food was stolen, garage doors were forced open and CCTV cameras were ripped down.

Prosecutor Alex Beevers told the court that damage to the garage shutters had cost £450 and damage to the CCTV cameras had been an additional £160.

A trolley, which was also taken from the food bank, was used to transport the stolen goods to a nearby address.

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Patrick Buckley, defending, said Parkington had now had "a taste of custody" and added that his client "knew he was in trouble".

Mr Buckley added that in the three years that had passed since the incident, Parkington “has displayed that he can lead a life without interacting with the criminal justice system".

Before sentencing Parkington, Judge Abigail Hudson said she was "shocked" by the incident which took place just three weeks before Christmas.

Judge Hudson described the burglary as “a mean and selfish act” and added that Parkington appeared to take no responsibility for the incident.

She added: “Clearly drugs and alcohol are a problem for you but you don’t accept that.”

She said that Parkington, who pleaded guilty to commercial burglary, is unemployed and "reliant on his mother for financial support at the age of 45".

Judge Hudson sentenced Parkington to 10 months in prison suspended for two years and ordered him to attend 20 rehabilitation days. He was also ordered to pay Trinity Food Bank £350 in compensation.