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Barrow man jailed after benefits mix up left him without food

A SHOPLIFTER stole a stash of groceries from a Barrow shop after a benefits mix up left him without food.

Benjamin Joseph Heavyside apologised for the theft and said he was disappointed in himself.

The 23-year-old appeared via videolink from HMP Preston at Furness Magistrates’ Court yesterday and admitted the offence, which took place on February 28. He also admitted criminal damage to a car on March 2.

Prosecutor Mr Peter Kelly said it was about 10pm when Heavyside was spotted in Lesh Lane Stores, Barrow. He said the shopkeeper saw the defendant put something in his bag and when he asked him what it was he pulled out a block of cheese.

Mr Kelly added: “When he checked CCTV he saw the defendant steal two packets of hot dogs, three packs of bacon and packets of biscuits and the police were called.

“He told the police there had been a benefits mix up and he had not eaten for three days and went out to just steal food. He said he had eaten all the items and was very dissapointed at himself.

“The second offence relates to police being called to Lesh Lane after reports of a man with a hammer in the street.

“He told police a man who claimed he owed him money had smashed a window to his flat while he was out shopping with his girlfriend. He saw the car the man had been using and someone passed him a hammer, but he just punched it with his fists. The car didn’t belong to that person but someone else.”

Mrs Jane Tunn, defending, said her client made early guilty pleas and fully co-operated with police.

Presiding magistrate Mr Les Johnson said the only option was custody and jailed him for six weeks.

As he was led away by a prison officer Heavyside said: “I am sorry and disappointed in myself.”

Have your say

Sad that this man has been sent to our already dreadfully overcrowded nicks. In this day and age,in Britain, people are having to use foodbanks and other charitable means to live because of savage welfare cuts. I'm not a 'loony lefty'. I live in an inner city and have to watch families go without food. Stealing is wrong. But it is a greater wrong to spend thousands looking after this man in jail. A block of cheese, some bacon? My god, its hardly diamonds or a bank robbery. Get a grip Barrow - if you look beyond the A590 (yes, there is something beyond Lancaster)this is happening all over the country due to our Government who are in effect committing genocide on it's people. WAKE UP!! IT'S COMING TO YOUR TOWN!!

Posted by Gladtohaveescaped on 30 March 2014 at 22:24

Surprised people actually believe the benefits excuse! The guy is a thief and nothing more.

Posted by Mike on 30 March 2014 at 13:01

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