Thefts after family tragedy

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

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A Blackpool man went on a shoplifting spree to fund his drug habit after a family trauma, a court was told.

Mark Reid became mixed up in drugs due to the effect the tragedy had on him.

He began to steal to fund his heroin habit, Blackpool magistrates were told.

He targeted McColls, the Co-op, Sainsburys and Spar outlets to steal £400 of goods including a large quantity of meat.

Reid, 29, of Lytham Road, South Shore, admitted five theft charges, assault and threatening behaviour.

Adrian Hollamby, prosecuting, said that during one theft at a Co-op store a member of staff tried to stop him leaving.

He said: “There was a melee and both fell to the ground.

“The staff member hurt her hand in the incident.

“He was threatening to other people in the shop.”

Reid’s lawyer said he had reverted to drugs after a family tragedy.

Chairman of the bench Barry Birch sentenced Reid to 90 days jail – 45 of those suspended.

He told Reid: “You have now crossed the line. You went in and made such a scene this woman was in fear.

“This is not acceptable. Your record is littered with thefts and breaches of court orders.”

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