Two women on theft spree hid goods in pram

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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Two women had children with them when they went on a shoplifting spree and hid stolen goods in a pram.

Clare Snowdon, a 30-year-old mother, of Central Drive, Blackpool, and Ashley Spencer-Hughes, 20, of Webster Avenue, Marton, both pleaded guilty to two offences of theft. Spencer-Hughes also admitted possessing a cannabis cigarette.

Snowdon’s case was adjourned for pre-sentence reports by Blackpool magistrates. Spencer-Hughes was sentenced to a four-week tagged curfew from 9pm to 7am and she was ordered to pay £60 victims’ surcharge.

Jim Mowbray, prosecution, said town centre security guards flagged down police and pointed out the two defendants they suspected of shoplifting on March 5, at 3.10pm.

Snowdon had her young son and her baby daughter with her. Stolen goods were found under the hood of the baby’s pram and in a carrier bag on the side of the 

The haul consisted of cosmetics, perfume and a candle valued together at £124 which had been stolen from Boots, plus clothing and toys costing £74 stolen from TK Maxx.

The prosecutor said: “The Crown would say the defendants were out on a shoplifting spree together.”

Robert Caste, defending, Snowdon, said she was due to see a psychiatric nurse and asked for reports on his client. He added that just before committing the offences Snowdon had had bad news.

Hugh Pond, for Spencer-Hughes, said that before committing the offences she had taken Valium prescribed for her by her doctor, but she thought she must have taken more of the medication than she should have.