A PERSISTENT thief with an appalling record of 284 previous offences mainly for shoplifting has appeared at court.
Glen Stacey, 52, of Springfield Road, North Shore, pleaded guilty to stealing from two shops.
He was ordered to remain in the court cells until noon and to pay full compensation for the goods he took by Blackpool magistrates.
Tracy Yates, prosecuting, said on January 20 Stacey stole deodorants valued at £5 from Home Bargains and on January 28 took a £4 chicken from Marks and Spencer. On both occasions he was identified from CCTV footage.
Kathryn Edwards, defending, said her client had co-operated with police, pleaded guilty immediately and already spent two nights in the cells.
Miss Edwards added Stacey was an alcoholic who first thing in the morning and last thing at night drank alcohol.
Since the death of his long-term girlfriend 14 months ago he had been on a downward spiral, Miss Edwards added.