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UK: man charged with stealing discarded food from supermarket bin

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By Euronews
UK: man charged with stealing discarded food from supermarket bin

<p>Prosecutors will push ahead with the trial of a man caught stealing discarded food from a supermarket’s rubbish bin.</p> <p>Paul May, 35, will go on trial in London next month after being caught taking discarded tomatoes, mushrooms and cheese from the rear of an Iceland store, <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/jan/28/three-charged-vagrancy-act-food-skip-iceland/print" rel="external">reports the Guardian</a>.</p> <p>Earlier this year UK supermarket giant Tesco revealed it <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2013/10/21/revealed-uk-supermarket-giant-tesco-threw-away-30000-tonnes-of-food-in-six-mon/">generated almost 30,000 tonnes of food waste in the first six months of 2013</a>. Another study claimed up to <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2013/01/11/uk-study-shows-up-to-half-of-all-food-is-wasted/">half of food was wasted, worldwide</a>.</p> <p>May, a resident of a squat in north London, was charged along with two others under a section of the 1824 Vagrancy Act.</p> <p>The Crown Prosecution Service said it felt there was “significant public interest” in prosecuting the trio.</p>