Langho family fallout led to £3,500 theft

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A LANGHO man who was kicked out after a massive row with his mum went back and stole a £2,000 watch and computer equipment worth £1,440.

Blackburn magistrates heard the falling out took place while 21-year-old Simon Bury’s dad was away on business. But Mr Peter King (defending) said the relationship with his parents had now been repaired and the family was looking forward.

Bury, of Bushburn Drive, Langho, admitted two charges of theft. He was made subject to community supervision for 12 months and ordered to do 150 hours’ unpaid work and pay £85 in costs.

Mr King said Bury had been working in the family business when he had the row with his mother while his dad was in China.

“He was asked to leave home and to leave work,” said Mr King. “He had no means of support and accepts he went back and stole property. Among the computer equipment was a copy of his parents’ wedding video which he recognised was of great sentimental value and that was returned.”

The court heard the family had paid £500 to recover the watch, but the computer equipment had not been recovered.

“He accepts his parents were totally justified in reporting this to the police,” said Mr King. “If they hadn’t taken a ‘tough love’ approach he may have slipped further down the slope.”