Drugs couple stole electricity

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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Police found drugs in a couple’s home and also that their electricity meter had been by-passed when they raided the property.

Anthony Fisher, 39, and Kerry Parker, 37, both of Cumberland Avenue, Cleveleys, each pleaded guilty to abstracting electricity.

Fisher also admitted possessing cannabis and Parker pleaded guilty to possessing amphetamine.

They were both given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £43 costs plus £15 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Rod Ross sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Martine Connah, prosecuting, said police executed a drugs search warrant at the couple’s home on February 7.

Fisher was not there, but Parker immediately admitted she had some amphetamine in her bag.

She was also found with a small amount of cannabis in her bra.

She told officers that it belonged to her partner Fisher and that she had picked it up because she did not want the children to see it.

The electricity meter in the property was also found to have been by-passed.

An electrician called to the scene estimated it had been by-passed from 2012 and £1,382 of electricity had been used.

Leisa Splaine, defending, said the couple got into financial difficulties when Fisher’s work as a paint sprayer dried-up.

She added that Parker had got some amphetamine as she thought it would give her a lift because she was suffering from depression at the time of the offence.