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Iceland food bin theft case dropped

2014-01-29 18:31:27


The men denied charges brought under the 1824 
Vagrancy Act

The case against three men accused of stealing food from bins outside an Iceland store has been dropped by prosecutors.

Paul May, William James and Jason Chan were arrested in Kentish Town, north London, in October.

The men denied charges brought under the 1824 Vagrancy Act.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said Iceland had made representations that "affected our assessment of the public interest in prosecuting".

Baljit Ubhey from the Crown Prosecution Service said: "This case has been reviewed by a senior lawyer and it has been decided that a prosecution is not required in the public interest. "

Earlier, Iceland issued a statement to say its staff did not call the police and the store had been trying to find out why the CPS believed it was in the public interest to pursue a case.

The supermarket said: "The store in question is next door to a police station. Iceland staff did not call the police, who attended on their own initiative.

"Nor did we instigate the resulting prosecution, of which we had no knowledge until the media reports of it appeared yesterday evening."

Source: bbc.co.uk

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