Man told victim he had been burgled

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

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A man took a new friend’s bike – and then told him his home had been burgled, a court was told.

Luke Vaughan, 23, of Beckway Avenue, Layton, pleaded guilty to taking a bike without consent.

He was sentenced to spend 15 hours in an attendance centre and ordered to pay £60 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said on June 11, Vaughan met a man in the Taboo club and they went back to the man’s home.

Later Vaughan took the man’s electric bike.

He left it chained to a tree in Kingscote Park, then returned to the man and said he had been broken into.

Malcolm Cartwright, defending, said Vaughan had committed the crime after being plied with drink by the man.

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