A MAN who stole 52 cans of deodorant from a supermarket was making a 'cry for help', Barnsley Magistrates' Court was told.

Andrew Peter Hackett took a variety of drugs because he had suffered from brittle bone disease since birth, his solicitor Walter Brook said.

Mr Brook explained that Hackett, 28, of Aldham House Lane, Wombwell, had become addicted to some of the drugs.

He added: "Mr Hackett runs out of prescription drugs and has to buy them on the black market. This was a cry for help."

Chantel Lowery-Green, prosecuting, said Hackett went into Tesco at Stairfoot and put the cans of Lynx, worth about £155, into a bag.

"He was going to sell the items to buy tablets," she said.

Probation officer Julie Rock said she was worried about Hackett and asked for him to be assessed for drug rehabilitation.

Hackett, who admitted shoplifting, had his case adjourned until September 20 and was granted unconditional bail.