Thief ‘chased’ by drug dealers

Blackpool Magistrates Court open day pre-pix.

Blackpool Magistrates Court open day pre-pix.

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A man who came to Blackpool for a fresh start returned to crime after running into drug dealers he owed money to.

Paul Greenwood was chased by the pushers and he hid in the private quarters 
of a rock shop, a court was told.

He then decided to steal from a staff member’s handbag to get some money for the dealers.

Greenwood, 45, who said he lived in bed and breakfast accommodation in Blackpool but added that he could not remember the address, pleaded guilty to burglary.

He was sentenced to 12 weeks imprisonment and ordered to pay £78 compensation with £80 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said the incident happened on Sunday.

The court heard that a woman working at the Coronation Rock shop, on Bank Hey Street, went into the staff quarters at the rear of the store.

She found Greenwood there and he told her he was hiding from people he was in debt to.

She pushed him out of the shop then found £28 missing from her handbag and £50 from the shop’s float.

Steven Townley, defending, said after serving his prison sentence, during which he had got clean of drugs, Greenwood decided to make a fresh start.

He left Hull to get away from bad influences and came to the resort where he remained drug free.

Mr Townley added: “His past then caught up with him.

“When he was in Blackpool he saw some drug dealers he owed money to, who chased him.

“He hid from them in the shop and then decided to steal from there and take money to get the drug dealers off his back.”