Drug issue man asked for prison

Blackpool Magistrates Court open day pre-pix.
Blackpool Magistrates Court open day pre-pix.
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A man with a drug problem who asked to be jailed was granted his wish by a judge.

Ricky Allan was said not to want to waste the Probation Service’s time because he felt he could not stick to a drug rehabilitation programme.

Allan, 32, of Withnell Road, South Shore, pleaded guilty to two thefts.

He was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison and ordered to pay £80 victims’ surcharge by District Judge James Hatton sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said Allan stole a £35 bottle of whisky from Marks and Spencer on March 5 and on March 12 took £30 of salmon from the Co-op.

Trevor Colebourne, defending, said it was acknowledged Allan had a shocking criminal record of 103 previous offences.

Allan had a drug problem and was worried he would not be able to meet a drug rehab order.