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Father takes son on a 'crime spree' around Alton Towers

By Cheadle Post and Times  |  Posted: December 08, 2013

DISHONEST dad Shawn Hackney took his 10-year-old son with him on a crime spree around Alton Towers.

The 27-year-old targeted revellers while they were on rides at the theme park, stealing bags containing cash and mobile phones.

Hackney, of High Street, Cheadle, is now starting a 30-month sentence after he was jailed for a string of offences, including credit card fraud and growing cannabis.

Police sent to arrest him on suspicion of fraud discovered five cannabis plants, with an estimated street value of £920, growing at the Moston Court flat in Birches Head where he used to live.

Jason Holt, defending, said Hackney was not directly involved in the cannabis production but allowed it to continue as he owed a man named 'Jason' £5,000 for the loss of the five plants seized by police.

Sentencing Hackney, Judge Paul Glenn said he rejected the idea five plants could be worth so much.

He added: "You are a terrible role model for your son. You continue to use cannabis and have no motivation to stop.

"You blame everybody except yourself for your offending. You are a dishonest man."

The court was told of several theft and fraud offences committed by Hackney, including the Alton Towers thefts.

On one trip, he was accompanied by his son and stepson.

Hackney was also involved in credit card fraud and racked up a bill of £1,329.16 on takeaways and tickets for Alton Towers on a card belonging to Ann Rimmer.

When questioned by police he claimed his friend 'Ray Charles' had used his telephone to order the goods.

Phillip Beardwell, prosecuting, told the court: "He said other people have access to his phone such as Ray Charles.

"If it is the Ray Charles, he died in 2004 so I don't think it was him." The court heard Hackney was part of a group of people who shared the credit card details to buy pizzas and Chinese food.

The card was also used to pay for a TV licence worth £145.50 for the Birches Head flat.

Hackney also bought £533.36 worth of spa treatments and a hotel room at Alton Towers around the time of St Valentine's Day.

Hackney, who admitted the offences at an earlier hearing, was caught on CCTV committing some of the offences, including when he cashed a cheque worth £355.51 from HMRC for Gary Sharp at The Money Shop in Hanley.

He was also seen by security staff at Alton Towers – where he used to work – taking bags containing cash and phones belonging to Kate Stevens, Ami Smith and Lucy Anderson on separate occasions.