Grantham court: Woman stole from Boyes and B&M Bargains and Boyes

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A woman committed two shop thefts, one whilst on bail.

Amanda Hayward of Leonard Audus House in London Road, Grantham, admitted stealing from Boyes in December of last year and stealing from B&M Bargains in March.

Daniel Pietryka, prosecuting, told the court Hayward was in Boyes when her mother got into an argument with a staff member about curtains. Hayward then walked out of the store with a “luxury” chenille throw worth £17.99.

While on bail for the Boyes incident Hayward, 48, attempted to steal four bottles of spirits valued at £20.76 from B&M Bargains in Grantham.

Mr Cunningham, defending, said: “She tells me she has had a problem with drink for a long time - the best part of 18 years.”

Mr Cunningham told the court Hayward is concerned she is going to lose her home once the “Bedroom Tax” is introduced.

He added: “She cannot really recall committing the offences but accepts the evidence is very strong and she has pleaded guilty.”

Hayward was sentenced to a six-month order with a drug rehabilitation requirement and must pay a £60 surcharge.