Man wanted to be sent to prison

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A man who said he had hit rock bottom and wanted to go to prison was granted his wish by a court.

Steven Thew had gone out intending to steal just four days after being released from prison.

He takes the view the best place for him is custody

After being arrested on March 23 and admitting his guilt he fled from court before he could be sentenced.

Thew, 29, formerly of Dinmore Avenue, Grange Park, now of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to going equipped for theft and failing to answer bail.

He was sentenced to 51 days jail yesterday and ordered to pay £80 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said Thew was arrested on Coleridge Road, North Shore, on March 23 after being seen acting suspiciously near cars.

A screwdriver and pair of gloves was found on him.

Brett Chappell, defending, said it was agreed his client had an horrendous record with 52 offences for theft and similar crimes.

“He was a heroin addict.

Mr Chappell added: “He says he has hit rock bottom.

“He takes the view the best place for him is custody.”