Fraudster stole cheques from Scallywags Children’s Nursery

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court

A fraudster who callously stole cheques from a children’s nursery in a bid to pay off drug debts was branded “a dishonest, lying man who blames everybody but himself for what happened.”

The remark was made by District Judge Rod Ross and he handed 29-year-old Duncan Stirzaker, of no fixed address, a 20 week jail term suspended for 18 months.

I regret what I have done and feel ashamed for putting my family through this

He also ordered Stirzaker to do 30 days rehabilitation after the defendant pleaded guilty to two charges of fraud one involving a cheque for £2,000 and the other a cheque for £2,500.

Stirzaker had taken the cheques which belonged to the Scallywags Children’s Nursery based at Stanah School, Thornton.

Stirzaker told the judge:”I regret what I have done and feel ashamed for putting my family through this.”

Pam Smith, prosecuting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court said that Stirzaker’s mother was alerted when a woman called at her home making a comment about a cheque she had been given.

When Stirzaker was arrested he made up a story about being abducted and how he needed to pay money to drug dealer release.