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Tuesday, 27 January 2015

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Carlisle woman banned from city shops

A Carlisle woman has been banned from several shops in the city after admitting three offences of theft.

Bernadette Gilheaney, 47, of Briar Bank, Belah, pleaded guilty at Carlisle Crown Court to stealing a purse, a shopping bag and a handbag – together with their contents – in incidents on October 20 and 25 and November 11 last year.

A fourth allegation of theft – that she stole a handbag from a woman on November 19 – was left lying on the court file and will not be proceeded with.

Prosecutor Gerard Rogerson told the judge that, while there was “some evidence”, it would not be in the public interest to pursue the case since Gilheaney had admitted the three others.

Gilheaney, described by her barrister Elizabeth Muir as having “considerable personal difficulties”, also pleaded guilty to possessing class B drug cannabis.

She was remanded on bail for background reports on condition that she keeps out of specified shops in the city.

She will be sentenced on April 14.

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