One drink at Christmas led a man who had kept out of trouble for 10 years back on the road to crime.
Mark Howarth returned to his old stamping ground of St Annes and stole a bottle of alcohol.
Howarth, 40, of Linden Crescent, Darwen, pleaded guilty to theft of a bottle of chocolate mint liqueur worth £9.98 from Home Bargains, St Annes.
He was given a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay compensation of £9.98 with £75 costs plus £15 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.
Alison Quanbrough, prosecuting, said Howarth was tracked down by police after CCTV footage showed him stealing a bottle of Sidekick from Home Bargains on May 22. Robert Castle, defending, said Howarth had kept out of trouble for 10 years. Mr Castle, added: “ At Christmas he had one drink for the first time in a very long time. He thought he could handle it, but he could not. He took to drink again.”
He has a lady friend in Darwen who is helping him significantly and he is keeping off the alcohol again.”