Day tripper stole from Marks and Spencer shops on the Fylde Coast

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

A woman stole more than £300 of food and alcohol from Marks and Spencer shops on the Fylde Coast after her husband took her on a sea side visit to get her out of the house.

Lindsay Pritchard, 38, of Stonegate Drive, Liverpool, wept as she pleaded guilty to two offences of theft.

She was given a 12 months conditional discharge and ordered to pay £160 compensation with £50 costs plus £20 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said Pritchard was stopped after she loaded a trolley with £259 of food and alcohol and walked out of Marks and Spencer, Cleveleys, without paying on April 26

She was apprehended outside and it was realised she was responsible for stealing food and drink costing £160 from Marks and Spencer in St Annes, on April 18.

When interviewed Pritchard said she got muddled when she was left alone and her husband had gone outside for a cigarette.

Pritchard’s defence lawyer said his client, who had no previous convictions, suffered from a severe split personality disorder and was on a cocktail of prescribed medication for that.

She was looked after by a doctor at a mental health unit.