Jail for chef who burgled his work

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

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AN out-of-work chef who burgled staff quarters at a restaurant in St Annes he once worked at has been jailed.

Jonathan Nuttall, 40, of St Annes Road East, St Annes, pleaded guilty to burglary and illegally possessing valium and cannabis.

He was sentenced to 24 weeks’ imprisonment by District Judge Margaret McCormack at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Sharon Child, prosecuting, said Nuttall was seen rifling through coats in the staff area of the Toby Carvery at Salters Wharf at 6.45pm on February 15.

He tried to push past workers, but two of them detained him. He was found with a packet of cigarettes, a lighter, house keys and a bank card belonging to staff. He was on a suspended prison sentence imposed last year for a house burglary.

Suzanne Mugford, defending, said her client had taken valium to help him sleep, but had mixed it with alcohol and he had little recollection of what happened.

Nuttall had once worked at the restaurant.

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