Woman in court on day of dad’s funeral

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A woman found herself in the dock on the day of her father’s funeral after stealing from a shop.

Claire Potts, 32, of Salthouse Avenue, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to theft and breaching a conditional discharge imposed for shoplifting.

She was sentenced to an eight-week curfew from 8pm to 4am, and ordered to pay £60 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Presiding magistrate James Hanna told her: “Your curfew will start tomorrow evening because of the circumstances of today, with which we sympathise.”

Alison Quanbrough, prosecuting, said Potts was caught on CCTV taking £2.98 of make-up from B & M Bargains on July 5. When apprehended, she was found to have enough money to pay. She told police she had intended to steal the make-up and use it herself.

Patrick Nelligan, defending, told magistrates: “She pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.”