Thief stole bike to get free ride home

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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Alarmed members of the public called police when they saw a cyclist keep falling off a bicycle into the road.

Michael Rhodes had taken the bike minutes earlier despite the owner shouting at him to stop.

Rhodes, 43, of Sherbourne Road, North Shore, pleaded guilty to taking a bicycle without consent.

He was fined £75 with £85 costs and ordered to pay £20 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said a woman heard a banging noise coming from the front of her Blackpool home on September 14 about 9pm.

She saw Rhodes pushing her bike down the road. She shouted at him to stop but Rhodes took no notice.

Officers caught up with Rhodes in Annesley Avenue after people called the police about the defendant repeatedly tumbling off the bike.

Police said Rhodes appeared to be heavily under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Stephen Duffy, defending, told magistrates that Hughes said he had found the bike in the road and took it to get home on. He had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.

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