Hospital phone thief avoids jail

Blackpool Victoria Hospital
Blackpool Victoria Hospital
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A HOSPITAL patient who stole mobile phones from two fellow hospital patients has escaped being sent to jail.

Lisa Knowles, 44, of Knowle Avenue, North Shore, pleaded guilty to two offences of theft.

She was sentenced to 12 weeks imprisonment suspended for 12 months, put on one year’s supervision with nine months drug rehabilitation and ordered to pay £80 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Knowles took the phones overnight from the women’s bedside cabinets as they slept.

When police approached her she was seen hiding one of the phones under her bed covers.

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