‘You’re too old’, court tells thief

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A man with a lengthy criminal record of more than 170 previous offences was told by a magistrate he was too old to be carrying on committing crime.

Nigel Wilde, 33, of Knowle Avenue, North Shore, Blackpool, admitted theft of a computer monitor from the town’s First Steps learning centre.

He was fined £110 with £20 victims’ surcharge but could not pay immediately so Blackpool magistrates said time he had already spent in custody would serve instead of the financial penalties.

Presiding magistrate, Ernest Langford, told him: “You are getting a bit old for this now.

“You should be getting beyond it. The things you do cause a lot of harm and distress.”

Elliott Taylforth, prosecuting, said a plain clothes detective saw Wilde go into the First Steps centre empty-handed on Monday and come out carrying a computer monitor, which he then sold for £3 to a man in a cafe.

Steven Townley, defending, said his client had a lengthy record of acquisitive crime because of a drug addiction, but he was now receiving treatment for his drug problem.

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