Man reverted back to crime

Blackpool Magistrates Court open day pre-pix.
Blackpool Magistrates Court open day pre-pix.
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A man who turned his life around and completed the Prince’s Trust course reverted to crime when his benefits were stopped.

Leon Wagstaffe, 20, formerly of Regent Road, Blackpool, now of no address, pleaded guilty to theft.

At the time of the offence he was on licence from youth custody for an offence of robbery.

Wagstaffe was sentenced to do 80 hours’ unpaid work for the community and ordered to pay £60 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Rachel Parker, prosecuting, said a security officer at Asda, Cherry Tree Road, saw Wagstaffe acting suspiciously on December 4. He was found to have stolen a Bluetooth speaker and a milkshake.

Peter Cave, defending, said Wagstaffe said he stole because his benefits had been stopped.