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Football scout pawned bouncy castle

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

A football scout hired a bouncy castle for a children’s party and later pawned it to get money, a court heard.

Anthony O’Kelly, 32, formerly of Lytham Road, Warton, near Preston, pleaded guilty to theft of a bouncy castle valued at £500 and fraud by pawning it.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said on July 15 2013 the bouncy castle O’Kelly had hired for a children’s party was delivered to his home in Warton. When the owner came to collect it on July 19, O’Kelly told him it had been stolen from his garden.

In September, the owner of the bouncy castle was looking on e-Bay when he saw his castle being offered for sale by a shop in Blackpool.

O’Kelly, now of Farnworth, Bolton, told the court the castle had been stolen and the owner had not seemed keen to collect it when he later retrieved it. He was sentenced to an eight week curfew with £100 compensation by Blackpool magistrates.

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