Teenager took family cash to repay debts

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

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An 18-year-old up to his neck in debt, including pay-day loans, repaid the generosity of a family by stealing their savings.

Jak Latham removed £1,170 from an account belonging to a member of the family, a court was told.

The family had taken in the 18-year-old bar worker after he fell out with his own mother.

But, late at night, he would make withdrawals from the account at a cash machine after remembering their pin number.

Latham, of Ledbury Avenue, Blackpool, admitted theft and was given a six-month community order and ordered to go at an attendance centre for 12 hours.

He must pay £85 court costs and £60 victims’ surcharge, magistrates in Blackpool told him.

The magistrates heard how Latham’s mother – a paramedic – had repaid the family.

The hearing was told that when the family realised they had suddenly gone overdrawn they worked out the offender might be their lodger.

Steven Townley, defending Latham, said: “He was in a lot of debt.

“He had taken out loans for others in his own name and had payday loans.”

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