Homeless man stole hammer

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A judge granted a homeless man’s wish to be sent to prison.

Philip Kyte was arrested after being seen behaving bizarrely, tapping at shop windows with a claw hammer in Blackpool.

Kyte, 26, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to theft of a claw hammer valued at £1 from Poundland.

He was sentenced to 28 days imprisonment and ordered to pay £80 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Alan Jones sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Malcolm Isherwood, prosecuting, said that on December 7, at 1.20pm, a police officer on Bank Hey Street saw Kyte tapping on shop windows with a hammer.

When arrested Kyte said he had stolen the hammer with the intention of smashing windows to get arrested and go to prison.

He said he had been released from jail three to four days previously, come to resort and been sleeping on the streets in the freezing weather as he did not know how to get any help.

Howard Green, defending, told the judge: “His request today is that you give him a custodial sentence.

“He is suffering from depression.

“He also has physical problems and tends to stop breathing when he is asleep.”