Volunteer turned to crime after ordeal

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

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A voluntary worker for Cancer Research turned to crime on the day he scattered the ashes of his murdered brother.

Andrew Davies was arrested after stealing meat from a supermarket.

Davies, 41, of Rough Lea Road, Cleveleys, pleaded guilty to stealing £29 of goods from Blackpool’s Marks and Spencer store.

He was given a six-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85 costs plus £15 victims’ surcharge by District Judge David Scanlon, sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said Davies was seen taking the meat by a CCTV operator on June 3.

Jessica Partington, defending, said her client did voluntary work at the Cancer Research shop in Cleveleys, and added: “His younger brother died and then his older brother was murdered.

“The offence took place on the day he went to scatter his murdered brother’s ashes.”