Grantham court: Mother of nine children steals Asda groceries

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The mother of nine children stole £316 worth of goods from Asda and tried to get away in a car which she did not have permission to drive.

Anne Marie Fenton, 33, of Wellow Green, Ollerton, admitted in September last year to the theft of groceries from Asda on August 6, taking a vehicle without consent, driving without insurance and driving without a licence.

Prosecuting, Jim Clare said that Fenton and another person filled up a trolley with the groceries and left the store setting off the alarms. They were challenged by security officers but ran off and got into a silver Astra which Fenton drove away onto the A52 before police pulled the car over. She admitted she did not have insurance or permission to drive the vehicle. The stolen items were recovered.

Rob Arthur, defending, said the car belonged to Fenton’s father-in-law. She took the car with a friend and later admitted this to police. He said since the offences took place, Fenton had not reoffended and she had been paying off compensation as ordered by the court last year.

Mr Arthur said Fenton had lived in Meres Road, Grantham, but because she was in financial difficulties she had been eviced from that address with her children. Four of those children remained with her while the rest were living with family members.

Fenton was then deemed to be intentionally homeless and went to live in a hotel before moving into temporrary accommodation in Ollerton.

Mr Arthur said Fenton had paid £145 in compensation from her benefits so far and had not reoffended.

After reading a probation report, the magistrates gave Fenton a 12 month conditional discharge for all the offences and ordered her to pay a victim surcharge of £15, but no costs. She was also given six penalty points on her provisional licence for the no insurance offence and her licence endorsed for driving without a proper licence.