Former firefighter turned to crime

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A former firefighter who turned to crime after becoming addicted to heroin when he suffered a broken back has been ordered to go on a drug rehabilitation course by a court.

Duncan Bain, 40, of Seabourne Avenue, South Shore, pleaded guilty to four offences of theft from shops when he appeared before magistrates.

He was sentenced to 12 months supervision with six months drug rehabilitation and ordered to pay £60 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard that one incident happened on January 2 this year.

Bain stole £21 of steak from Costcutters on that 
occasion.

On January 31, he took four cans of deodorant from the resort’s Boots.

And on February 4 and 5 he first stole £76 of shaving gear and then £26 of similar items from the Lytham branch of Boots.

He told police he intended selling the goods to buy drugs.

Jo Gregory, defending, said Burns had been a firefighter when he broke his back in an accident at work.

After this he gradually became hooked on street heroin.

He had stopped taking heroin, but returned to the drug after becoming depressed when he was made redundant.