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Drug problems blamed in theft of charity box

A North West Air Ambulance in action.

A North West Air Ambulance in action.

A cold-hearted thief stole a charity box and spent the money in it on drugs.

Mark Reid ripped off the chain securing the box containing £50 for the North West Air Ambulance Service and ran away.

Reid, 29, of Gorton Street, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to stealing the charity box and taking 10 cans of deodorant from Superdrug when he appeared before Blackpool magsitrates.

The judge told Reid: “You have a rotten record and been in and out of prison like the proverbial yo-yo.

“The root of your offending is drugs.”

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said Reid went into The Pantry, Cunliffe Road, and stole the charity box on September 16.

He was identified from CCTV footage.

Martin Hillson, defending, said his client had drug problems from the age of 17.

Reid, he said, now realised he needed professional help for his drug issues.

He was sentenced to 12 months supervision, nine months drug rehabilitation and ordered to pay £60 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Edward Barr.

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