Thief stole bike left outside pub ‘because his legs were tired’

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

A thief stole a bicycle which had been left outside a pub because he said his legs were tired.

Geoffrey Morgan, 50, of Lytham Road, Warton, near Preston, pleaded guilty to taking the bike on November 24 this year.

Morgan was identified on CCTV footage and the bike was later found by police in a cowshed at a farm where he was staying.

He admitted theft of a bicycle valued at £450 at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Nigel Harrison, prosecuting, said the man who owned the bike had left it outside the Clifton Arms in Warton and when he returned for it the next day it had gone.

CCTV from the pub showed Morgan stealing the bike at around 5am.

Steven Townley, defending Morgan, said his client liked fresh air and had been staying in a caravan on a farm in Warton, during which time he had been using his own bike.

Mr Townley said: “His own bike got a puncture.

“He walked for a few days, but his legs got tired.

“He then came upon the bike left at the pub.”

Magistrates fined Morgan £35 and also ordered him to pay out a £20 victim surcharge.

However, the court heard Morgan could not afford to pay the money immediately, so magistrates said the time he had already spent in custody would serve instead of the financial penalties.




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