Builder’s anger at fine for lager theft

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A builder who stole £4 worth of beer protested to magistrates when they ordered him to pay of £250 in penalties for the crime.

Gareth Bibby told the bench at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court: “I just think it’s a joke. All for the sake of £4.

What if I don’t pay. It’s not like I do it every day. I’m not a bad person and I work

“What if I don’t pay. It’s not like I do it every day. I’m not a bad person and I work.”

Bibby, 32, of Crescent East, Cleveleys, pleaded guilty to theft.

He was given a 12- month conditional discharge and ordered to pay a £150 court charge with £85 costs plus £15 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Martine Connah, prosecuting, said Bibby stole four cans of lager from Iceland, Lord Street, Fleetwood. Police spoke to him and he had apologised and paid for the lager.