A HEREFORD man who handled stolen baby formula and meat has pleaded guilty, but avoided sentencing.

Aidan Bufton, 30, of Roman Road, Hereford, appeared at Hereford Magistrates’ Court on May 15 and pleaded guilty to one count of handling stolen goods.

Bufton, represented by defence solicitor Andrew Cleal, admitted to handling six steaks, one loin of beef and one pot of baby formula at Tesco in Hereford’s Bewell Street in March.


The meat and baby formula were worth a total of £65.59, and the defendant was said to have dishonestly undertaken or assisted in the retention, removal, disposal or realisation of the items, knowing or believing them to be stolen.

Bufton was handed a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay compensation of £35.59. He must also pay a victim surcharge of £26.

The baby formula and meat were stolen from Tesco by Megan Haynes, 34, of Springfield Close, Marden, who was convicted of theft from a shop on May 1.