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Monday, 01 September 2014

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Hungry Cumbrian woman stole 20 ready meals from Co-op

A woman who stole 20 ready meals said she took them because she was hungry and had no money.

Lana Van Vuuren, 51, stole the food from the Co-op in Burrowgate, Penrith.

She was captured taking the items by CCTV cameras recording in the supermarket and seen by its manager, putting some items in a bag before leaving.

Carlisle Magistrates’ Court heard that he then went out on to the street to see if he could catch up with Van Vuuren, but she had left.

But by the time he went back inside she was there again, looking at other items in the store.

After being arrested by police, officers searched her home at Church Mews, Duke Street, and found the 20 ready meals in her fridge.

When asked by magistrates if she had anything to say, Van Vuuren replied: “I was hungry and had no-money.”

Magistrates imposed a fine of £73 with court costs of £85 and a victim’s surcharge of £20. Van Vuuren has to pay compensation of £17.15 to the Co-op.

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