Judge issues a drugs warning

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A judge has warned of the dangers of drugs after a man stole a bike after taking some.

Frank Laird believed he had been given painkiller tablets by a friend but he then stole a woman’s bicycle and rode off on it while under the influence.

Laird, unemployed, 36, of Bold Street, Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to theft.

He was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £15 compensation by District Judge Jeff Brailsford sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

The judge warned: “It is dangerous to take street tablets.

“Don’t touch them with a barge pole. You do not know what is in them.”

The court heard that the tables were likely to have been some form of sedative.