Man stole to fund trips to daughter

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A father stole from shops to get money to visit his seriously ill daughter, who was in hospital at Liverpool for months.

Daniel Ardern, 34, of Regent Road, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to two offences of theft and one offence of failing to answer bail.

He was sentenced to 12 weeks’ curfew, from 8pm to 6am, and ordered to pay £28 compensation by Blackpool magistrates.

Malcolm Isherwood, prosecuting, said Arden stole £28 of gin from Marks and Spencer, Church Street on November 25. The following day he returned to the shop and took four pairs of gloves, valued at £72.

Steven Townley, defending, said Ardern’s young daughter had been diagnosed with meningitis, and spent six months in Liverpool’s Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

Mr Townley added: “The financial cost of getting to and from Blackpool to Liverpool was great. He stole things to get money to enable him to travel.”