Banned woman in store

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

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A WOMAN was put under surveillance when police saw her entering a supermarket she was banned from.

Julia Hughes was first spotted going into the St Annes branch of Sainsburys by police officers at the police station which is opposite the store.

Police then alerted the store’s security staff who monitored Hughes and saw her steal a bottle of wine.

Hughes, 48, of Birkdale Avenue, St Annes, pleaded guilty to theft.

She was ordered to pay £5 compensation by Blackpool magistrates who imposed no other punishment.

Tracy Yates, prosecuting, said security staff detained Hughes outside the supermarket on August 15 with the £5 bottle of wine she had not paid for.

Mitch Sarangi, defending, said his client was a self-confessed alcoholic who told police she stole the wine because she had no money.

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