Thief swigged booze after 19 litre session

Blackpool Magistrates Court open day pre-pix.
Blackpool Magistrates Court open day pre-pix.
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A thief drank 19 litres of alcohol then went into a shop and consumed two bottles of liqueur which were on sale there.

Steven Griffin was told by a judge that his behaviour had been disgraceful.

Griffin, 32, of Dinmore Avenue, Grange Park, pleaded guilty to theft and failing to answer bail.

He was sentenced to a six-week tagged curfew from 8pm to 7am, fined £100 with £85 costs and ordered to pay £4.98 compensation plus £60 victims’ surcharge, by District Judge Huw Edwards sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

The judge told him: “Your conduct on that day was disgraceful. You stole alcohol, drank it in the shop and were abusive when detained.”

Alison Quanbrough, prosecuting, said Griffin and a woman went into B & M Bargains on the resort’s Bank Hey Street on June 21 at 4pm. The defendant took two small bottles of Baileys from one of the shelves and drank them in the shop. He was abusive when apprehended.

When interviewed Griffin told police he had been drinking all day and had consumed seven litres of cider and three crates of strong lager.

Steven Townley, defending, said Griffin had gone through an alcohol detoxification course at home.

He then met a woman who had just come out of prison. On the day of the offence they had gone out drinking together. Griffin now said his relationship with the woman was over.