Utter cock leaves empty After Eight wrappers in the box

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A man who excitedly flipped open a bulging box of After Eight mints has faced the ultimate Christmas low of discovering multiple empty sleeves.

Local chocolate fan, Peter Thape sought out the freshly opened box, lifted the lid, soaked in the minty smell, and eyed up a full box of nailed-on pleasure.

But as Thape’s nimble fingers flicked between the packaging, he realised that only four actual mints were left amongst a graveyard of perfectly intact empty sleeves.

‘I’ll find the bastard that did this. It could be one of the boys, could be the girl, but I’ll find them,’ said Thape.

‘We lost my dad at Christmas a few years ago, but this…this really hurts,’ added Thape.