Blackburn drug addict 'from a good family' returned to jail for shoplifting

Blackburn Citizen: Blackburn drug addict 'from a good family' returned to jail for shoplifting Blackburn drug addict 'from a good family' returned to jail for shoplifting

A 33-YEAR-OLD man who stole to fund his drug addiction has been jailed by Blackburn magistrates.

The court heard Shaun Christopher Smith was due to be recalled on prison licence after committing two more offences of shoplifting.

Smith, of Bolton Road, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to stealing a TV from Asda, and meat from Tesco. He was jailed for seven days after the magistrates heard he was not to be released because of the licence recall.

Eddie Harrison, prosecuting, said Smith was detained outside Asda after walking out with the TV. After being taken back into the store, he ran off and when security staff chased him, he picked up a piece of wood and used it to fend them off.

Debbie Morgan, defending, said Smith came from a good family, but ended up on the wrong route. “When they were in their twenties, he and his brother started using drugs recreationally,” said Miss Morgan. “His brother managed to keep it that way and has now moved on and is quite successful. Shaun became addicted.”

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6:00pm Tue 29 Apr 14

abetterblackburn says...

You don’t have to be stupid to become a drug addict, but it certainly helps!
You don’t have to be stupid to become a drug addict, but it certainly helps! abetterblackburn
  • Score: 7

6:06pm Tue 29 Apr 14

HarryBosch says...

IMHO it's about time they introduced secure rehabilitation units in this country. Prison isn't working and it is too easy for addicts to just walk out of the rehabs that exist whenever the spirit becomes weak. I believe that a secure therapeutic environment is the only way to make inroads into the problems caused by addiction.
IMHO it's about time they introduced secure rehabilitation units in this country. Prison isn't working and it is too easy for addicts to just walk out of the rehabs that exist whenever the spirit becomes weak. I believe that a secure therapeutic environment is the only way to make inroads into the problems caused by addiction. HarryBosch
  • Score: 11

7:23pm Tue 29 Apr 14

happycyclist says...

What is the photo all about? Metropolitan Police????? FFS, LT, sort your photo editor out.
What is the photo all about? Metropolitan Police????? FFS, LT, sort your photo editor out. happycyclist
  • Score: 12

7:37pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Saj143 says...

Steven11 ... Awaiting your comment.
Steven11 ... Awaiting your comment. Saj143
  • Score: -3

12:36am Wed 30 Apr 14

Darwen Malc says...

happycyclist wrote:
What is the photo all about? Metropolitan Police????? FFS, LT, sort your photo editor out.
I regularly used to purchase the Telegraph when it was 45p but what, with stuff like this and all the other inaccuracies in their reporting, is it any wonder that I refuse, point blank, to pay 65p for the printed version. The paper and its staff are becoming a JOKE.
[quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: What is the photo all about? Metropolitan Police????? FFS, LT, sort your photo editor out.[/p][/quote]I regularly used to purchase the Telegraph when it was 45p but what, with stuff like this and all the other inaccuracies in their reporting, is it any wonder that I refuse, point blank, to pay 65p for the printed version. The paper and its staff are becoming a JOKE. Darwen Malc
  • Score: 9

3:54am Wed 30 Apr 14

phil kernot says...

The printed version is not worth 6.5 p ,,, I think the only way for shop keepers to get justice is to give bag heads a good kicking , those bed and breakfasts need a good looking at to aswell , and you'll find your answer to your causes
The printed version is not worth 6.5 p ,,, I think the only way for shop keepers to get justice is to give bag heads a good kicking , those bed and breakfasts need a good looking at to aswell , and you'll find your answer to your causes phil kernot
  • Score: 1

8:46am Wed 30 Apr 14

zabby says...

Be less PC terminate heroin dealers,these scum destroy lives ,and whole families and communities so they can buy property and flash motors
Be less PC terminate heroin dealers,these scum destroy lives ,and whole families and communities so they can buy property and flash motors zabby
  • Score: 6

4:57pm Wed 30 Apr 14

boynesider says...

he took drugs "recreationally"? love that as if the drug knows what the user take it for.get a grip drugs destroy lives,communities and help fund terrorism.drugs don't care how "good" your family are .drugs destroy ,where's the fun in that?muppets
he took drugs "recreationally"? love that as if the drug knows what the user take it for.get a grip drugs destroy lives,communities and help fund terrorism.drugs don't care how "good" your family are .drugs destroy ,where's the fun in that?muppets boynesider
  • Score: 0

3:39am Tue 6 May 14

Neridah says...

Have to agree drugs are used by many people regardless of thier families, a very sad state of affairs. They destroy many lives whether there is someone in your family addicted or not. They defiantely take the shine out of our lives, having to worry about the impact it has in our neighbourhoods..
Have to agree drugs are used by many people regardless of thier families, a very sad state of affairs. They destroy many lives whether there is someone in your family addicted or not. They defiantely take the shine out of our lives, having to worry about the impact it has in our neighbourhoods.. Neridah
  • Score: 0

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