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School thief, 31, jailed

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

A thief who stole equipment which included the soundtrack for a primary school’s nativity play has been jailed.

Ricky Allan, 31, of Stirling Road, Layton, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to burglary at Blackpool’s Devonshire Primary School.

He was sentenced to 16 weeks jail by District Judge Sam Goozee sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

The judge told him: “This burglary has caused a significant degree of loss for the school, in terms of inconvenience, and work that had gone into preparing the school’s nativity play.”

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said Allan broke into the school on December 16 and stole electrical items valued at £1,629.

One of the pieces of equipment contained the sound track for the nativity play which was to be performed the next day.

Allan was on licence from prison at the time of the burglary.

Trevor Colebourne, defending, said: “When he took the items he did not for one moment pause to think of what he was doing and he did not know some equipment contained the sound effects for the nativity play.

“He was mortified he could have upset the children’s enjoyment of the nativity play.”

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