‘Lowest of the low’ stole from church

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A man became “the lowest of the low” when he stole from the church.

Michael Robinson stopped to twice raid St Johns Roman Catholic Church in Poulton to feed his addiction to alcohol which saw him drinking 14 litres of cider a day,

Robinson, 49, of Winnipeg Place, Bispham, admitted stealing food and money worth £50 in one theft.

He admitted a second theft involving a candle stand and charity donation box and the money inside worth a total of £275.

Brett Chappell, defending, told Blackpool Magistrates that Robinson had no recollection of what he had done but admitted the crimes when confronted with CCTV images from the church security cameras.

Mr Chappell told the court: “My client has resorted to an atrocious theft, stealing from the church. He is the lowest of the low.

“The only good thing is that he accepts now that he needs help for this appalling addiction to drink.”

Prosecutor Adrian Hollamby said the priest at the church Father John Walsh studied the CCTV images after coming across the thefts.

Pictures were published in the local media after an appeal by police and a former police officer saw them and realised it was Robinson.

Robinson was given an 18 week jail sentence suspended for a year

He was also put on supervision for a year and ordered to pay £325 compensation to St Johns Church.

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