East Lancs drug addict ‘risked lives’ to steal electricity

East Lancs drug addict ‘risked lives’ to steal electricity

East Lancs drug addict ‘risked lives’ to steal electricity

First published in News

A CROOK who by-passed his electricity meter using a metal handle could have put lives at risk, Burnley magistrates heard.

Drug addict Peter Meeks, 37, attached a loop from the meter to a cupboard at his home on Belford Street, Burnley.

It was found by a representative of G4S Utility Services, of which Meeks had been a customer for two years, but had never paid a penny.

Prosecutor Andrew Robinson told the court: “He says it was extremely dangerous and it would cause an electric shock.”

Meeks appeared before the bench exactly a week after he was sentenced to 18 months in prison by Burnley Crown Court for burglary.

The defendant admitted abstracting electricity which would have cost £1,041.31, on or between October 29, 2011 and October 21, 2013. He was fined £180, with a £20 victim surcharge but does not have to pay it and was detained in lieu.

The bench chairman told him: “You will be confined, as indeed you are, in the precincts of the court.”

She added: “What you did was dangerous and to other people, possibly.”

Mr Robinson told the court the amount of electricity used was £625 and the cost of meter repair was about £400.

Trevor Grice, for Meeks, said: “He had a very bad drug addiction and was finding it hard to make ends meet.”

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