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Fireman denies stealing alarms.

A FIREMAN who allegedly stole 32 smoke alarms intended to safeguard local families was caught out when his "vindictive" ex-girlfriend rang his fire station, a court was told.

The detectors were provided by Merseyside Fire Brigade to make homes safer.

Each fire station supplied and fitted them free of charge, said Gerald Jones, prosecuting at Liverpool crown court, yesterday.

These stations included Speke, where Chi Lam was based, and all the firemen were given training and guidance in installing the devices, which were not to be taken out of Merseyside.

On September 18 a senior fire officer received a call from Lam's former girlfriend Michelle Pearson.

Two officers went to her home in Hull and found 32 smoke alarms taken from the station.

When interviewed on October 24, Lam, who has since resigned from the brigade, admitted taking them in "dribs and drabs" with the intention of them being used in the homes of her friends and family.

"Lam said his exgirlfriend was being vindictive and trying to get him to lose his job." Lam, 32, of Penny Lane, Mossley Hill, Liverpool, pleads not guilty to theft.

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Date:Apr 5, 2002
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