A father-of-five was arrested after being seen at a waste tip trying to find items he could not afford to buy for the family home.
Sean Godfrey, 44, of Beryl Avenue, Cleveleys, pleaded guilty to being found on enclosed premises with the intention of theft.
He was sentenced to six months supervision, fined £25 and ordered to pay £60 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.
Martine Connah, prosecuting, said a security guard at the resort’s Bristol Avenue Recycling Centre saw Godfrey and another man climb over the fence near the recycling shop on July 8 at 1.30am.
Patrick Nelligan, defending, said Godfrey and his partner had five children and they struggled financially. He thought he might be able to get some things from the tip for the house, which they otherwise could not afford.