A man from Walney has been fined after pleading guilty to defrauding B&Q in Barrow by exchanging goods he hadn't bought from there for store credit.
Raymond Dobson, 33, then stole £47 worth of items from the B&Q store. His defence said that he had committed the offence due to his benefits becoming frozen after he moved to the area to care for his mother.
Mr Dobson has 21 previous convictions for 42 offences, eight of which were for dishonesty in terms of theft, and five of which were fraud related. He was fined £170 for his offence against B&Q and ordered by Furness Magistrates Court to pay a total of £755 after missing previous payments for previous offences.