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

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.

Monday, 16th May 2016, 11:52 am
Updated Monday, 16th May 2016, 12:55 pm
Blackpool Magistrates Court

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

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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.