A BARNSLEY man has to pay out almost £25,000 after being found guilty of changing the expiry dates on cans of alcohol.

Karl Herbert Darley, 47, of Netherfield Croft, Shafton, was sentenced in Barnsley Magistrates Court on Thursday.

He had appeared in court, charged with removing the best before dates of between October and November 2011 from cans of Carlsberg lager and Guinness and ink-jetting on a new shelf life of June 2012.

Trading Standards officers found cans of beer with dates removed, discarded packaging from out-of-date beer and machinery capable of spraying dates onto the cans when they visited his business premises in November.

Mr Darley claimed he had been attempting to re-apply the original date to the cans after cleaning the cans up and any change of date must have been in error.

He plead guilty to six charges and was fined a total of £19,950 plus costs and a victim surcharge of £4,532.80.

Coun Roy Miller said: "It is extremely important that we are not misled about the food and drink we consume and that consumers are not tricked into paying for something which should have been thrown away."