Banned Sunderland pensioner stole from Morrisons

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A PENSIONER stole shopping from a supermarket which had already banned her.

Patricia McLoughlin helped herself to £25-worth of groceries from Morrisons in Sunderland.

The 73-year-old was stopped by an undercover security worker at the store in Doxford Park, who called in police.

McLoughlin, from Moorside in Sunderland, pleaded guilty to theft at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.

Janice Bellamy, prosecuting, told magistrates that McLoughlin was spotted by a plain-clothes security officer, who saw her carrying a basket and putting items of shopping into a brown ‘bag for life’.

He said McLoughlin was banned from Morrisons following “an incident” in 2011.

Ian Cassidy, defending, said the arrest had a “devastating impact” on McLoughlin and her family.

He said that McLoughlin, of Padonhill, was being treated by her GP for her mental health problems.

“She is hopeful that it will never happen again,” he added.

Magistrates imposed a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered she pay £85 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.