Milk Tray thief was crouching by wall

Co-op, Central Drive. Pic courtesy of Google Street View
Co-op, Central Drive. Pic courtesy of Google Street View

A man went into a shop and picked up a container with four boxes of Milk Tray chocolates in it before walking out without paying.

Sean Morrison was later apprehended by police after officers saw him crouching down behind a garden wall.

You are on a community order with a curfew, but you are still going out shoplifting. This has to stop

Morrison, 28, of Reads Avenue, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to theft. At the time of the offence he was already on a community order with an overnight curfew for an offence of shoplifting.

He was sentenced to have his curfew extended by 40 days and ordered to pay a £150 court charge with £85 costs plus £60 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Presiding magistrate, Brian Horrocks, told him: “You are on a community order with a curfew, but you are still going out shoplifting. This has to stop.”

Prosecutor, Jim Mowbray, said an assistant working at the Co-op, Central Drive, saw Morrison steal the chocolates on December 7. Police later saw Morrison crouching behind a wall in Belmont Avenue. Howard Green, defending, said Morrison had lost his accommodation in South Shore and as a result he had no money as he had had to make a fresh claim for benefits.

Mr Green added: “The food bank was apparently closed yesterday and that is why he committed the offence.