Man jailed after computer theft

Blackpool Magistrates Court open day pre-pix.
Blackpool Magistrates Court open day pre-pix.
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A man’s criminal record was branded “horrendous” when he was jailed for 120 days by magistrates.

Chairman of the bench Barry Birch told Nigel Wilde, 30, of Furness Avenue, Blackpool: “Your record is horrendous and you appear never to learn.”

Wilde admitted stealing a laptop computer from a shop, using threatening behaviour to a police community support officer (PCSO) and failing to provide a specimen for drug testing while in custody.

Prosecutor Dana Gledhill told the court Wilde had stolen the laptop from Money Trader.

He put it under his zip up top but it fell out alerting staff. Once arrested he used a torrent of homophobic abuse towards the PCSO. While in custody - Wilde who had a drugs problem – refused to have the test.

Steven Townley, defending, said: “When my client is in prison he usually makes significant progress in beating his drug habit. He has a rehab unit to go to with funding in place.”