Man raided coin boxes to fund a heroin habit

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A would-be thief with 101 previous offences on his record travelled by bike between car parks to raid pay and display machines, a court was told.

Aaron McGough was targeted by neighbourhood police after becoming well known for trying to steal from the coin boxes to fund his heroin habit.

McGough, unemployed, 31, of Princess Court, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to three offences of attempted theft.

He was sentenced to four weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, put on one year’s supervision and ordered to do six months drugs rehabilitation by Blackpool magistrates.

Philip Potter, prosecuting, said McGough was a Blackpool Central Neighbourhood Policing team target who had a pattern of offending by raiding coin meters.

On March 18 he was seen banging on the coin container of a British Telecom phone 
kiosk. On April 27 he was seen banging a coin box on a pay and display machine at Lonsdale car park and on May 9 he was spotted doing a similar thing to a pay and display machine at Central car park.

McGough told police he had a £10-£20 a day heroin habit. He had a previous record of 101 offences, many for attempted theft.

Peter Cave, defending, said McGough had a drug problem which had started when he was 14 or 15, and was now getting treatment.

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