Man did not obey order

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A man with an alcohol problem which was so bad he was once put on an Anti Social Behaviour Order because of it, failed to keep appointments with his probation officer.

Martin Rhodes, 30, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with a court order.

He was fined £65 with £50 costs plus £20 victims’ surcharge but could not pay immediately so Blackpool magistrates said he must remain in the court precincts until lunchtime.

Neal Brookes, prosecuting for the probation service, said Rhodes was sentenced to 12 months supervision for interfering with a motor vehicle on September 3. He was offered appointments with his probation officer on September 5 and 15, but kept neither.

David Charnley, defending, said Rhodes had been addicted to heroin but after coming out of custody he kicked the habit. Unfortunately, hehad replaced it with alcohol.

At one stage Rhodes’s drinking was so bad he had been put on an ASBO which banned him from various parts of the resort.