Man turned to crime to pay debts - but spared prison

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A man said he turned to crime because he owed money to someone.

Roy Ashcroft, 36, of Knowle Avenue, North Shore, pleaded guilty to theft and breaching a suspended jail sentence imposed for two thefts.

He was sentenced to three months’ jail suspended for 12 months, put on three months’ supervision with three months’ drug rehabilitation, given a 12 months’conditional discharge and ordered to pay £37 compensation by Blackpool magistrates.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said Ashcroft stole £37 of detergent from the Spar shop, Kincraig Road, on July 5.

When interviewed he said he stole because he owed money and needed to pay the debt.

Robert Castle, defending, said Ashcroft had made a clean breast of things when interviewed by police.

He was already on a drug rehabilitation course, which he was doing well on.