Blackpool man stole from shops to cover drug debts

A court was told a man stole from shops to cover his girlfriend's drug debts.

Tuesday, 12th July 2016, 6:00 am
Blackpool Magistrates Court

Jason Phillips, 36, of Cheltenham Road, North Shore, pleaded guilty to five offences of theft and asked foranother to be considered.

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He was sentenced to 14 weeks’ prison suspended for 12 months, put on six months’ drug rehabilitation with a 12-week tagged curfew from 8pm to 6am and ordered to pay £115 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool Magistrates.

The judge was told between May 17 and June 30 Phillips took almost £200 of property including meat from Sainsburys and razors with hair dye from Wilkinsons in Cleveleys.

Patrick Nelligan, defending, said both Phillips and his partner had had drug problems.Phillips’ partner had run up a drug debt while he was in prison, the court heard.