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Visitor spent up... so turned to crime

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

A visitor described as having a passion for Blackpool gambled away all his holiday money within an hour of arriving in the resort – and then turned to crime.

Albert Redmond stole a charity box from the Imperial Hotel, where he was staying, and burgled a restaurant trying to get enough money to get home.

Redmond, 37, of Donore Terrace, Dublin, admitted burglary and theft before magistrates.

He was fined £200 and ordered to pay £101.78 compensation with £85 costs plus £20 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Margaret McCormack sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

The judge told him: “They were both unpleasant offences, particularly the theft of the charity box.”

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said Redmond smashed open the door of the staff office at Nando’s restaurant, Church Street, with a fire extinguisher on December 27.

He searched the office but left empty-handed.

On January 4 he went to the Imperial Hotel’s health club, removed a charity box from the counter and took the £1.78 inside.

Patrick Nelligan, defending, said Redmond, who had no previous convictions, had a passion for Blackpool and visited twice a year.

Redmond was not normally a gambler but when he came to the resort for the New Year he lost all his holiday money of £385 at a bookmakers within one hour of arriving.

He needed money to get to the airport to fly home and instead of calling his family who would have sent him the cash he tried to get it via crime.

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