Ex-rugby star rapped by court

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A former semi-professional rugby player whose career was halted by an accident failed to keep in touch with his probation officer.

Steven Perry, 40, of Reads Avenue, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with a court order.

He was sentenced to go on an activity programme to address his offending by Blackpool magistrates.

Charmain Moulds, prosecuting for the probation service, said Perry had been put on 12 months supervision for an offence of theft and breaching a conditional discharge for four offences of theft.

He only kept the induction appointment with his probation officer and missed all the other appointments he was offered.

Stephen Duffy, defending, said people described Parry as “one of life’s gentlemen.”

Parry had been a successful semi-professional rugby player some years ago, but that career ended when he severely injured both ankles in an accident.

He had suffered extreme pain and mobility problems since the accident.

At the time he was supposed to been keeping in touch with his probation officer he had concerns on his mind.