Catalogue of crime as benefits stopped

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A teenager committed a catalogue of crimes after his benefits money was suspended.

Jack Easter, 18, of Ribble Road, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to two thefts, dishonestly receiving stolen goods and driving without a licence or in accordance with a licence.

He was bailed for pre-sentence reports by District Judge Jeff Brailsford sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Martine Connah, prosecuting, said a police officer saw Easter carrying a stolen TV on Central Drive on September 14, Easter said he had bought it from a man outside a second-hand shop. On October 2, Easter took a woman’s mobile phone from a kiosk and on October 6 stole a motorbike. Brett Chappell, defending, said Easter had lost his job, his benefits had been suspended and he had smuggled to pay his bills.