Lancashire Woman Turned to Crime to Fund Her Amphetamine Addiction

Amphetamine – also known as methamphetamine, speed, or ice – is a highly addictive drug. Originally developed as a medicinal drug and still used to treat attention deficit disorder and sleep disorders such as narcolepsy, amphetamine is a stimulant that makes people feel more alert and energetic. Tolerance of the drug occurs rapidly, and so users need to take increasingly larger doses to feel the same effects. There is a common link between amphetamine addiction and crime, as users can turn to crime in order to fund their increasing need for the drug. This was the case for a Lancashire woman recently sentenced for her crimes.

Sneaked into Homes

Anita Talbot, a forty-five-year-old woman from Blackburn in Lancashire, targeted vulnerable people in Blackburn and nearby Darwen, tricking them in order to gain access to their houses.

Her first attempt was unsuccessful when her eighty-eight-year-old intended victim, whom she knew, saw her through his kitchen window. He noticed when he went to the window, that she had a tool of some sort and was trying to use it to force open his door. He shouted at her, and she ran off.

The next day she tried again, this time her target was Karen Schofield, a woman whom she had met at a hospital that both their children were attending. The two women were not friends, but after a chance meeting in the supermarket a few weeks previously, Ms Talbot made a surprise visit to Ms Scofield’s house. While there, she took the opportunity to raid Ms Scofield’s handbag, stealing fifty pounds in cash, and taking her bank cards.

Her third victim was not known to her, this time she chose to use trickery to gain entry to the house of an elderly lady. She knocked on the door, and when it was answered, told the old lady that she had been visiting her next-door neighbour and had left her handbag in the house. Obviously a helpful soul, the woman went to speak to her neighbour, leaving Talbot to gain entry to her house and steal her purse. The purse contained £80, and she later used the bank cards to withdraw a further £300.

In court, Talbot pleaded guilty to the charges of burglary, theft, and attempted burglary. She recognised that her crimes had been motivated by her addiction to amphetamines, and had been working with the probation services and rehab services to try and help her with her amphetamine addiction. Taking this into account, the judge gave her a suspended sentence with a requirement to attend rehab as well. During sentencing, Judge Andrew Woolman said to Talbot: “It’s clear your life had fallen to pieces in the last few years to some extent. You became addicted to amphetamines. You committed these offences to fund your drug habit.”

Link Between Amphetamine Addiction and Crime

Studies have shown that it is not uncommon for drug addicts to resort to crime in order to fund their addiction, particularly those addicts who, for whatever reason, do not have a job to fund their drug purchases. In the case of Anita Talbot, her need for amphetamines was the cause of her crimes. So, for these individuals, appropriate treatment to help them overcome their addiction will also help to stop them from committing further crimes in the future. Amphetamines are very addictive, and so it is vitally important that those suffering from amphetamine addiction can gain access to the right support to help them in their recovery.

Where to Find Help?

This is where Addiction Helper comes in. We can help those struggling with amphetamine addiction to find the right kind of treatment and therapy in order to successfully recover from their addiction and regain their lives. We can provide you with advice on what would be the best treatment option for you, and help you to find an appropriate treatment centre. So if you or a loved one is currently battling amphetamine addiction then call us today so that we can start you on your road to recovery as soon as possible.

Source: Blackburn drug addict avoids jail after targeting vulnerable people to fund amphetamine habit (The Lancashire Telegraph)

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