Bin-diving parents stole out-of-date food that Tesco had thrown out to feed their two young children – and judge asks how else they could manage

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From MailOnline, May 2015

Paul and Kerry Barker were spotted on CCTV sifting through out-of-date groceries after their benefits were stopped and they could not afford to eat

Paul and Kerry Barker were spotted on CCTV sifting through out-of-date groceries after their benefits were stopped and they could not afford to eat

A husband and wife who were caught on CCTV stealing out-of-date food from Tesco bins to survive have avoided sentencing after a sympathetic judge said ‘how are they expected to live?’

Paul Barker, 39, and Kerry Barker, 29, of Sunderland, were spotted on CCTV sifting through out-of-date groceries at the back of a store on January 5 after their benefits were stopped and they could not afford to feed themselves or their children.

They were caught by police taking worthless discarded food from a supermarket bin in a bid to feed their hungry family and were charged with theft – and the matter made it to court.

Mr Barker says both he and his wife were hardworking taxpayers…

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