Grantham court: Teen hid stolen food in pram

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A teenage mother of twins stole groceries from Morrisons by putting them in a bag under a pram.

Michaela Priestley, aged 18, of Turnor Crescent, Grantham pleaded guilty to the theft of £31.18 worth of food on July 12.

Prosecutor Paul Wood described how Priestley went around the supermarket putting food items into the bag in the pram before going through the checkout without paying.

Priestley was caught and arrested at the scene, with all the items recovered as she explained that she had been struggling for money.

In her defence, Julien Sheen said that Priestley admitted the theft straight away.

He outlined how his client had got into financial difficulties after separating from her 19-year-old partner with whom she has two-year-old twins.

The break-up led to problems with her benefits and to meet the shortfall Priestley borrowed money online, only to end up with debt and in rent arrears.

Mr Sheen said his client and her partner were now back together, and the financial situation had stabilised.

Priestley was given a conditional discharge of eight months and ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge.