Blood caught out council files raider

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A man broke into Blackpool Council’s Children’s Services offices and rifled through confidential files.

Dennis Johnson, who left one of the files with details on a staff member propped up, was caught when blood found at the scene was matched to his.

Johnson, 38, of Erdington Road, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to burglary and damaging a door.

He was bailed for pre-sentence reports with all options including custody to be considered by Blackpool magistrates.

Alison Quanbrough, prosecuting, said the manager of Children’s Services, South King Street, found the premises had been broken into and a cabinet containing confidential staff files rifled through on February 4

When interviewed Johnson said he recognised the premises as the old registry office and and thought the building was derelict. He started reminiscing about an old friend’s wedding and decided to go in and look around.

He added he had had no dealings with Children’s Services or Social Services and no motive for viewing confidential staff files.

Brett Chappell, defending, said Johnson was very drunk at the time.