Mother ‘disgusted’ over pram thefts

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A mother was seen putting stolen goods in a pram with a young child in that she was pushing round a store.

Clare Whatmough was stopped and found to have more than £200 worth of children’s clothing and perfume.

The children’s birthdays were coming up. I just panicked, flipped out and stupidly stole the stuff. I am disgusted and ashamed of myself

Clare Whatmough

Whatmough, 42, of Crossland Road, Marton, pleaded guilty to two offences of theft and breaching a conditional discharge imposed for shoplifting.

She was fined £75 with £85 costs and ordered to pay a £150 court charge plus £20 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said Whatmough was seen pushing a pram with a child in through Debenhams, Bank Hey Street on July 9 about 2pm. She was spotted putting a box of Daisy perfume valued at £59 in the hood of the pram.

She was stopped outside by a security guard and then confessed she had stolen £190 of children’s clothes from nearby Marks and Spencer earlier that day and handed them over. She told police she had wanted the clothes for her son’s birthday.

Whatmough told magistrates that she had been on drugs for 22 years, but for the last 18 months she had been clean of them.

She added: “The children’s birthdays were coming up. I just panicked, flipped out and stupidly stole the stuff. I am disgusted and ashamed of myself.”