Man in dock for birthday present he didn’t want

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A man found himself in the dock on his birthday after breaching a court order.

Martin Mulvey, 49, of Derby Road, North Shore, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with a community order.

Blackpool magistrates ordered him to complete the Lancashire alcohol specified activity which involves taking extra sessions with his probation officer and given advice about alcohol consumption.

Peter Moran, prosecuting for the probation service, said Mulvey had been sentenced to supervision for eight offences of shoplifting and an offence of breaching a conditional discharge in January. He kept only nine of the 16 appointments he was given with his probation officer.

Mulvey admitted to his probation officer he had gone on drinking binges and when he did so he forgot things. It was his second breach of the order.

Martin Hillson, defending, said his client had had a drink problems for a number of years and he would welcome any help the probation service could give him to combat it.