Thief who took from churches is behind bars

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A thief who stole from churches has been jailed.

Michael Robinson, 51, of Warbreck Drive, North Shore, pleaded guilty to burglary at Bispham Parish Church and obstructing police.

At the time of the offences he was on two suspended prison sentences, for stealing a collection box when he previously burgled a church in Blackpool and burgling a hotel bar.

Robinson was sentenced to 52 weeks in prison and ordered to pay £80 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said that on Christmas Day the church sexton at Bispham Parish Church, All Hallows Road, found a window at the premises broken.

A mixer box for a public address system valued at £50 had been stolen.

Blood at the church was linked to Robinson and on February 20 he was arrested. He had a knee injury and police took him to Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

After he was treated Robinson ran off.

He was chased by an officer and caught hiding in bushes in a garden.

Brett Chappell, defending, told magistrates: “He is ashamed and disgusted with himself.”

Mr Chappell added that Robinson’s life had been blighted by his addiction to drink and drugs. The majority of his offending had been to feed his addictions.

He had then become addicted to the legal high Spice. After taking that he had ‘no clue’ as to what he was doing.