Theft of goods was cry for help

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A man stole goods from a shop as a cry for help a court was told.

Paul Fitton’s life was blighted by alcohol and he wanted assistance to beat his problem.

Fitton, 33, of Horsebridge Road, Grange Park, pleaded guilty to two offences of theft.

He was sentenced to 12 months supervision with 15 days of specified activities and fined £25 with £85 costs plus £60 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Alan Jones sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Alison Quanbrough, prosecuting, said a security officer monitoring CCTV at B&M Bargains saw Fitton steal three bottles of sun tan lotion valued at £14 on July 30. He then walked off and took £8 worth of toiletries from the nearby The 99p Shop.

Brett Chappell, defending, said: “His life has been blighted by alcohol. He says it was a cry for help when he took the items. He says he need the support of the probation service.”