Heroin addiction led to theft spree


A 44-year-old Chatburn man went on a £1,500 theft spree to solve a financial crisis and fund his addiction to heroin.

Blackburn magistrates heard David Andrew Chambers committed most of his offences in Clitheroe, stealing mainly electrical items.

Chambers, of Darkwood Crescent, Chatburn, pleaded guilty to 10 charges of shoplifting. He was remanded on bail for the preparation of a pre-sentence report.

The court heard Chambers had stolen hair tongs worth £180, shavers worth £600 and aftershave worth £30 from Boots, two pressure washers worth £400 and toasters worth £84 from Homebase, as well as stealing from the Factory Shop and Booths and a £149 television from Tesco in Padiham.

Mr Mike Wallbank (prosecuting) said most of the offences had been captured on CCTV and Chambers was eventually identified and arrested.

Mr Ian Huggan (defending) said Chambers had turned to heroin previously following personal problems in his life.

Shortly before the latest offences his benefit payments had been stopped, his partner was out of work, and he had again turned to heroin.

“He became addicted to heroin and that led to these offences,” said Mr Huggan.

“He is thoroughly ashamed and embarrassed to be appearing in court today. It has been a lesson to him and after hitting rock bottom he realised he needed to take steps to address the situation.

“He is now working with the drugs agencies and is on a methadone prescription.”