Man ran off after being spotted

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

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A father-of-four was spotted inside a car with a torch by police.

Richard Sleet, 32, of Balmoral Terrace, Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to interfering with a motor vehicle.

He was sentenced to a four weeks curfew from 9pm to 6am Sundays to Thursdays and ordered to pay a £180 court charge with £60 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Alison Quanbrough, prosecuting, said a police patrol saw Sleet inside an Astra on Mersey Road on October 7 at 5am. Sleet ran off and was detained by police officers hiding in a nearby garden.

Patrick Nelligan, defending, told magistrates that Sleet said he had found the car door was slightly open and he got inside looking for change.