Banned thief breaks order

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A travelling thief who has been banned from two town centres has continued to get in trouble.

Nigel Wilde was put on an Anti-Social Behaviour Order (Asbo) which prohibits him from entering the centres of Blackpool and Blackburn.

Wilde, who was previously described as “charmless” by police, had now breached the order for the sixth time a court was told.

Wilde, 33, of Knowle Avenue, North Shore, formerly of Cherry Lodge, Islington, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with the ASBO and shoplifting.

He was fined £220 with £20 victims’ surcharge but could not pay immediately so Blackpool magistrates said he must stay in custody until lunchtime instead of paying the financial penalties.

Andrea Fawcett, prosecuting, said Wilde was made the subject of a three-year Asbo in February this year.

On December 1 Wilde went into Iceland on Blackpool’s Topping Street and stole two boxes of chocolates. The shop was in an area Wilde was banned by the Asbo from entering.

Steven Townley, defending, said on the day of the offences he had been drinking and taking strong painkillers and wandered into the Iceland store, just inside the area he was banned from.

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