A man with a drug problem who asked to be jailed was granted his wish by a judge.
Ricky Allan was said not to want to waste the Probation Service’s time because he felt he could not stick to a drug rehabilitation programme.
Allan, 32, of Withnell Road, South Shore, pleaded guilty to two thefts.
He was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison and ordered to pay £80 victims’ surcharge by District Judge James Hatton sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.
Pam Smith, prosecuting, said Allan stole a £35 bottle of whisky from Marks and Spencer on March 5 and on March 12 took £30 of salmon from the Co-op.
Trevor Colebourne, defending, said it was acknowledged Allan had a shocking criminal record of 103 previous offences.
Allan had a drug problem and was worried he would not be able to meet a drug rehab order.