Woman stole after benefits sanction

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A woman stole men’s hair growth products aiming to sell them to get money for food and electricity.

Nicola Davidson, 38, of General Street, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to shoplifting and being in breach of a conditional discharge for theft.

She was sentenced to a 12 months community order with up to 25 days rehabilitation and told to pay £85 costs plus £60 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said Davidson was caught outside Boots, Bank Hey Street, on March 11 about 6pm after stealing £134 worth of hair products.

Jessica Partington, defending, said her client was desperate and did not know what else to do but steal as she had no money for food.