A MAN was caught urinating in a shop aisle at 11.15am on a Sunday.

Blackburn magistrates heard Kevin Anthony Duxbury, who was drunk, told staff he needed to go and couldn’t get to the toilet in time.

Duxbury, 35, of the Salvation Army Hostel, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to criminal damage to a lamp and 13 lampshades at B & M Bargains.

He was given a conditional discharge for 12 months and ordered to pay £111 compensation to B & M Bargains and £60 to the member of staff who cleaned up after him.

The chairman of the magistrates described Duxbury’s behaviour as extremely offensive.

“Ultimately someone had to clean up your mess and that is pretty disgusting,” he said.

Andy Robinson, prosecuting, said Duxbury was seen inside the store drinking from a bottle of wine.

He was being monitored on CCTV when he stopped and urinated on goods in the lighting aisle.

Aftab Bakhat, defending, said Duxbury had been released from prison on January 16, three days before the offence.

“He reverted to alcohol abuse but he has been alcohol free since,” said Mr Bakhat. “He has recognised that what he did was indefensible and inexcusable. When I was reading out the facts to him he asked me to stop because he was appalled.”

Mr Bakhat said Duxbury was trying desperately to get his life back on track.

“He is back in touch with his family and in my submission there has been a massive sea change in his life,” he added.