Thief told she is a ‘nuisance’ to shops

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A woman was told by a magistrate she was a nuisance to shopkeepers in Blackpool.

Noreen Hanson, 46, of Ibbison Court, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to three offences of shoplifting.

She was sentenced to a six-month drug rehabilitation course and ordered to pay £29 compensation, plus a £150 court charge by Blackpool magistrates.

Presiding magistrate David Hearton told her: “You are a nuisance to shopkeepers in Blackpool.”

Peter Bardsley, prosecuting, said Hanson stole £29 of goods from the Co-op on March 22, and nine days later she took four Easter eggs worth £17 from WH Smith. On April 30, she stole meat valued at £51 from Lidl.

Robert Castle, defending, said Hanson had had a long-standing drug addiction. She was now on a prescription for heroin substitute methadone and receiving counselling.