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Saturday, 20 December 2014

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Cumbrian woman in court for stealing £259 of perfume

A woman has been given a 12-month conditional discharge after admitting stealing perfume worth £259.

Linda Spence, a 35-year-old from Harriston, Aspatria, originally denied the theft charge when she appeared at Workington Magistrates’ Court last December and chose that her trial be heard at Carlisle Crown Court.

But when she appeared there yesterday the judge, Recorder David Williams, heard that she had subsequently pleaded guilty.

Becky McGregor, prosecuting, said that CCTV evidence had shown Spence in the Workington branch of Debenhams taking a number of bottles of perfume from a shelf, removing the security tags, and hiding them under a jacket before leaving without paying for the items.

Miss McGregor said when Spence was interviewed by police, she denied the charges.

Miss McGregor added: “Your honour may feel that there was some planning – there were a number of bottles.”

Marian Weir, defending, said that the incident had caused her client a great deal of stress and upset. She added that Spence, who has three young children, also suffered from health issues and was currently unemployed.

The judge questioned why the matter had been brought before the crown court because magistrates had adequate sentencing powers.

Spence was also told to pay £250 costs and a £10 victim surcharge.

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