A 41-YEAR-old man has admitted producing cannabis and stealing a sweatshirt and vodka from city shops, but denies the theft of art products from Hobby Craft. 

Darren Simpson, who put his coat over his head to prevent his face being pictured outside Worcester Magistrates Court, entered his pleas during his appearance on Thursday, (October 5). 

Simpson, of Ennerdale Close, Worcester, admitted four charges of theft from a shop.

Worcester News: COURT: Darren Simpson leaving Worcester Magistrates CourtCOURT: Darren Simpson leaving Worcester Magistrates Court (Image: Sam Greenway/Newsquest)


Those thefts, which all took place in Worcester, were of:

  • A black CP Company sweatshirt, valued at £220 from House of Fraser on September 22
  • £400 worth of airfix models from Hobby Craft on September 11
  • £220 worth of spirits from Tesco on September 7
  • Seven bottles of vodka, worth £247, from Sainsbury's on September 21.

Simpson admitted a charge of producing a controlled drug of Class B. The particulars of that charge are he produced a quantity of cannabis in Worcester on September 22.

Simpson also denied the theft of art products, valued at £200, from Hobby Craft on September 13. 

The defendant was told he would face a three-hour trial at the magistrates court on that offence which was scheduled for December 4 this year. 

Simpson was given conditional bail with the conditions he must not enter Hobby Craft in Blackpole; Tesco in Millwood Drive; Sainsburys in Windermere Drive and House Of Fraser in Chapel Walk.

 Lauren Millichip, prosecuted while Belinda Ariss defended Simpson during the hearing.