Gran in dock over thefts

Blackpool Magistrates Court open day pre-pix.
Blackpool Magistrates Court open day pre-pix.
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A GRANDMOTHER turned to shoplifting to help fund her need for methadone.

Grandmother Christine McDonald, 48, of Styan Street, Fleetwood, admitted stealing £20 worth of confectionery from Tesco Express on Hatfield Road, Fleetwood.

She asked for another offence – stealing meat from Iceland – to be considered.

Patrick Nelligan, defending, said: “These offences took place when her methadone prescription had halted.

“She needed to buy the drug on the streets.

“The prescription has now been restored.”

McDonald was fined £50 by Blackpool magistrates but they said that she need not pay because of the time she has served in custody since her arrest.