Benefits claimant stole food from store

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A woman whose benefits had been stopped stole food from a supermarket.

Wendy Rogers, 51, of Garstang Road East, Poulton, pleaded guilty to two offences of theft.

Chrissie Hunt, prosecuting, said Rogers took a shoulder of pork from Asda on September 28, and the following day returned to the store and took a packet of cream cheese.

Trevor Colebourne, defending, said his client, who had no previous convictions, was severely disabled and had had numerous operations.

At the time of the theft she had problems over her benefits and was penniless.

Rogers was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £15 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.