A MAN took a rolling pin to Morrisons because he was terrified of a drug gang, a court heard.

Neil Wilson armed himself with the baking implement on July 1 last year then went to the Eldene Morrisons where he shoplifted sweeties and cider.

Luke Jameson, defending, told Swindon Magistrates’ Court that his client had believed threats to do with a drug gang.

“He then attended Morrison’s with the rolling pin down his trousers simply because he was in fear and felt he’d be attacked,” the solicitor added.

His client was now medicated for mental health difficulties and was engaging with addiction service Turning Point.

Wilson, of Briarswood Court, Liden, pleaded guilty to possession of an offensive weapon, shoplifting and a charge of threatening behaviour committed in September 2020.

District Judge Joanna Dickens said: “Possession of an offensive weapon in a public place is a very serious matter because people can receive serious injuries and of course people can be the target of violence if they’re carrying a weapon.”

She imposed a 12 month community order with 15 rehabilitation activity requirement days and fined him £120. A £95 victim surcharge was deemed paid by time served.