Heart attack led to belated life of crime

Blackpool Magistrates Court open day pre-pix.
Blackpool Magistrates Court open day pre-pix.
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A man first got involved in crime at the age of 55, a judge was told.

Stephen Oldfield started stealing because he could not afford the basics of food and electricity.

Oldfield, 59, of Maudland Road, South Shore, pleaded guilty to theft.

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

Chrissie Hunt, prosecuting, said Oldfield was apprehended outside Blackpool’s Marks and Spencer after stealing two jackets valued at £178 from the store on January 26.

Suzanne Mugford, defending, said: “He could not afford the basics and all his offences have been committed to buy food and fuel.”

The defence added that Oldfield had been unable to work after having a heart attack and got his first criminal conviction just over three years ago.

He was currently on a suspended prison sentence for two thefts.