Meter thief caught trying to steal again

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

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A meter menace targeted by police for trying to raid coin boxes has been banned from all car parks and phone boxes.

Aaron McGough got up to his old tricks only days after appearing in court.

McGough, unemployed, 31, of Princess Court, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to two offences of attempted theft.

Blackpool magistrates deferred sentencing him until June 19 to see if he could stop offending. He was bailed on the condition he did not enter any car parks or use any telephone boxes.

Only 10 days before starting offending again, McGough had been sentenced on May 8 to a four weeks prison sentence suspended for 12 months and put on six months drugs rehabilitation for three attempted thefts from coinboxes.

Paul Foster, prosecuting, said McGough was a man police kept under observation. He was targeted by the Blackpool Central Neighbourhood Policing Team because he raided coin boxes.

On the afternoon of May 18 McGough was seen banging the side of a machine at East Topping Street car park, but ran when a parking attendant approached. He was seen banging in a payphone in Bank Hey Street on May 21.

Daniel Harman, defending, said his client had an unenviable record and had been ravaged by years of taking class A drugs. He asked for a last chance for his client.

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