Chase after street drunk stole mobile

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A MAN walking home from work chased after a teenager who grabbed his mobile phone.

When the man asked Jack Smith for his phone back, the teenager told him he would “bang him out.”

Smith, a 19-year-old confectionary factory worker, of Senior Avenue, Marton, admitted stealing a phone and threatening behaviour.

He was sentenced to do 60 hours’ unpaid work for the community and ordered to pay the victim £75 compensation plus £85 costs by Blackpool magistrates.

Stephen Burns, prosecuting, said a man was walking home from work when he encountered Smith at Spen Corner around 10pm on September 30.

Smith asked for a cigarette and although the man was uneasy he started to roll one for the defendant. Smith then became aggressive, grabbing the victim’s phone and running off.

Gary McAnulty, defending, said Smith had been drinking vodka with a friend and was so drunk he had no recollection of the incident.

Mr McAnulty added: “Since then Smith has not touched a drop of alcohol.”

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