Man kept wallet after firm’s failure

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A MAN whose business had collapsed gave in to temptation when he discovered a wallet in a Blackpool pub.

Blackpool Magistrates’ Court was told how Andrew Norton did not hand the item in at the bar when he found it in the public house he was in.

When the owner realised it was missing he approached staff at the Swift Hound pub on Rigby Road, Blackpool.

They agreed to scour their CCTV footage and after watching the feedback they discovered the damning evidence of Norton picking it up and not passing it over to staff.

Norton, of Ashton Road, Blackpool admitted theft by finding when he appeared in the dock at Blackpool’s town centre court house.

The court heard that the wallet owner said that it had contained £60 in cash but defence lawyer Leisa Splaine said her client denied this.

She said Norton had been driven to commit the crime by a run of problems starting with the failure of his company.

Ms Splaine told the sitting magistrates: “My client has lost his business which had been in existence for 30 years and had also lost his home.”

The 30-year-old defendant was ordered to pay the wallet owner £60 compensation and a further £40 in costs.

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