Louth dressing gown thief is sentenced

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A man who stole dressing gowns from a property in Louth after drunkenly falling in their outdoor swimming pool has been given a 12 month 
community order.

Paul Blanchard, 28, formerly of Browning Court, Tattershall but now living at an address in Peterborough, was told that he seemed to have a “sense of entitlement to take what you want or need” by District Judge Murray when he appeared for sentence at Skegness Magistrates’ Court.

Blanchard was appearing for sentence for three offences of making off without paying for petrol, and one charge of theft 
in Louth.

Judge Murray heard that Blanchard had broken into a garden pool area in Louth while he was drunk and looking for somewhere to sleep and had stolen the gowns.

The judge also heard that Blanchard had filled up his car with petrol and made off without paying on three separate occasions last autumn.

The judge sentenced Blanchard to a 12 month community order and ordered him to carry out 70 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay compensation of £115.