Man stole lamp after benefits were cut

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A man stole a lamp from a department store after his benefits money had been stopped.

Lee Sleddon intended to sell it to get money to pay for food gas and electricity.

Sleddon, 31, of Ibbison Court, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to theft of the £175-lamp from British Home Stores.

He was given a-12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £15 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said Sleddon grabbed a lamp from BHS on March 13, and ran out of the store. He was later caught on the Promenade.

He had thrown the lamp as he ran.

Brett Chappell, defending, said: “The motive for this offence was desperation. His benefits claim had been suspended for three weeks.”