Patient waited for man to sleep to steal phone

Blackpool Victoria Hospital

Blackpool Victoria Hospital

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A man committed what a court heard was a despicable offence when he stole from a fellow hospital patient.

Alan Baker waited until another man on the same ward at Blackpool Victoria Hospital fell asleep and stole a mobile phone from his bedside cupboard.

Baker, 40, of Knowle Avenue, Blackpool,then hid the Blackberry phone in the frame of his hospital bed.

Blackpool magistrates heard how other people on the ward had complained that property had gone missing.

Police were called and the phone was found following a search.

Baker, who admitted the theft, had 48 previous convictions. He was jailed for nine weeks.

Magistrates were told that when Baker was interviewed by police he admitted what he had done.

Steven Townley, defending said: “My client was in hospital as a patient. He had overdosed. People in hospital are entitled to think their possessions are safe.

“At the moment his life is at its lowest ebb.”

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