Drug addict stole bus cash

Burnley Magistrates' Court
Burnley Magistrates' Court

A drug addict helped himself to a £75 cash float off a bus to fund his habit, after his benefits and heroin substitute were stopped, a court heard.

Colin Ormerod (38) was caught after he was identified on CCTV footage taken on the TRANSDEV vehicle.

Ormerod also stole three blocks of cheese worth £15 from Marks and Spencer, a month later, Burnley magistrates were told.

Ormerod has now been given a four week curfew by the town’s magistrates, after admitting two counts of theft, on August 6th and September 8th.

The defendant, of Sandhurst Street, Burnley, must stay indoors between 7pm and 7am every day and was ordered to pay £75 compensation.

Miss Parveen Akhtar (prosecuting) said when the defendant was arrested, he said: “I know what this is about. I’m sorry. It’s the money from the bus. My benefits were stopped.”

When he was interviewed, he said he had taken the cash to fund a drugs habit as his methadone prescription had been stopped.

Mr Mark Williams (defending) said Ormerod was subject to a community order with a drugs rehabilitation requirement.

The solicitor added: “It didn’t start well, but he has now started to attend.”

Ormerod had lost his home, which had a knock-on effect on his benefits, he lost his methadone prescription as well, went back on drugs and the offending started.