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Thursday, 17 April 2014

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Cumbrian teenage mum took blind man's bank card

A young mum used the bank card of a blind, sleeping man to steal nearly £90.

Nineteen-year-old Lauren Millward, of Port Carlisle, near Carlisle, admitted taking the card from Harry Luckhurst, after he went out with her and her boyfriend for drinks in April 2012.

Carlisle Magistrates’ Court heard how Millward, who was living in the Leicester area at the time, spent the evening with the two before her victim stayed over at her boyfriend’s home.

Prosecutor Diane Jackson said the three of them had been shopping in Asda and Mr Luckhurst used the card to make several transactions.

He had the card in his jeans when he left the next day and did not initially realise anything was wrong.

The discrepancies came to light when he and his mother checked his bank statement and found the extra transactions.

“He met [Millward’s boyfriend] through a support worker at the RNIB,” she said. “[Her boyfriend] is partially sighted but can see wearing contact lenses.”

The court heard Millward had lived in Cumbria all her life, apart from a six month spell in Leicester.

Her relationship with her boyfriend came to an end and her current partner, the father of her children, is in prison and due for release this month.

Millward, who has a young baby and is pregnant, was given a 70-day prison sentence, suspended for six months.

She was also ordered to pay the victim £88.38 compensation, £85 court costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

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