For details on how to contact our editorial and commercial departments, click here
Darlington women stole chicken to fund heroin addictions
2:21pm Wednesday 27th February 2013 in News
TWO women stole chicken from a supermarket and sold it for half the price to fund their heroin addictions, a court heard.
Nicola Ludgate, 37, and Dawn Mitchinson, 47, both of West Moor Road, Darlington, appeared before the town’s magistrates yesterday (Tuesday, February 26) jointly charged with theft following the offence, which took place on Valentine’s Day this year.
Blair Martin, prosecuting, said the pair had stolen the chicken, worth £12, from an Asda supermarket, which they later sold for about £6 and split the proceeds between them to pay for their addictions.
They were also charged with a further theft offence after they were caught stealing almost £70 worth of coffee and deodorant from the same supermarket the day after.
The pair admitted both offences, which put Ludgate in breach of a six-month community order imposed only hours before the first offence took place.
She was handed a conditional discharge for six months and ordered to pay £6 compensation to Asda.
Mitchinson, who has more than 100 convictions for dishonesty, was released on conditional bail and will appear on Thursday, March 7 for sentencing to allow the probation service to prepare a pre-sentence report.
More Crime News
- Businessman claimed £22,000 benefits after saying he could barely walk
- Man escapes injury after shed next to house is set alight in suspected arson attack
- Man admits making indecent images of children
- Prolific sex offender jailed for repeatedly breaching child ban
- Youths have the chance to have their say on crime in Cleveland
- Man changes plea to guilty over Easingwold van driver murder
- Darlington prison worker found guilty of sex crimes
- Care worker jailed after claiming she had terminal cancer
- Darlington business partners in court over stolen car parts
- Woman jailed for threat to kill husband
More Darlington News
- Christian travellers hold four-day meeting near Darlington
- Police praise for woman who tried to help disabled assault victim
- Golfers urged to get in the swing for Teesside charity golf day
- Councillor to launch debut book
- Cars damaged in spate of vandalism
- Man broke girlfriend's arm during row, court heard
- Town centre powercut
- Staff hit out after thieves raid charitable organisation
- Darlington MP calls for action over "unacceptable" GP booking service
- Coach cycles to success