A DESPERATE man cashed a stolen travellers cheque to buy food, a court heard.

Paul Armitage, 22, admitted fraud by false representation when he appeared before Kirklees magistrates.

The bench was told that the cheque belonged to Armitage’s father and stepmother.

He stole it from their house while they were away on holiday.

On May 12 Armitage cashed it in at the Post Office in New Street, Huddersfield, using a forged signature.

The staff member paid £97 to Armitage, of Lavender Croft in Heckmondwike.

The court was told Armitage admitted stealing from his parents’ home previously and received a conditional discharge.

Magistrates fined Armitage £35 and ordered him to pay £97 compensation, £85 costs and £15 victim surcharge.