Among the oiled biceps and shiny torsos at this week’s International Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships in Rome, a rather more down-to-earth tough guy was to be found.

Brian Soutar, a 39-year-old assistant manager at Aldi’s store in Arbroath Road, Ballumbie, was there too, representing not just Scotland but the grocery sector as a whole.

Big Bri didn’t win, but his success at the regionals will have boosted his confidence - which should have the opposite effect on any would-be shoplifting Neds.