Man who had benefits stopped stole £50 of food

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A voluntary worker stole food on Christmas Eve after his benefits had been stopped for six months.

Raymond Thompson, 56, of Ibbison Court, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to theft of eight packets of meat valued at £50 from Lidl.

He was sentenced to a four weeks’ curfew from 8pm to 6am and ordered to pay £60 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said that on December 24 the alarm sounded at Lidl on Bloomfield Road.

Thompson and a woman were walking through the doors. When apprehended Thompson said: “It was not me, it was the woman.” The stolen meat was found in his rucksack.

Stephen Duffy, defending, said his client, who had a bad record for theft, had spent a lot of time in prison. About the time of the offence his benefits had been sanctioned for six months.