A HANDCUFFED mum spent a night on the run after fleeing from police who had arrested her for shoplifting.
Serial thief Victoria Wilson was collared by officers at Salem Street, Hendon, Sunderland, for stealing from her local Spar shop.
As one of the constables tried to restrain her with handcuffs the 24-year-old managed to wriggle free.
She fled still cuffed at one wrist and stayed that way overnight until she handed herself in to the police the next day.
Wilson, of Tunstall Terrace, Sunderland, was jailed for 15 months after she admitted escape and a total of 16 shoplifting offences.
Newcastle Crown Court heard Wilson would target city centre shops, often with her mother, and make off with high-value goods including cameras, clothes, cosmetics and alcohol.
The long-term drug addict threatened to stab two shop assistants with a needle she claimed to be carrying after they followed her out of a store because of her suspicious behaviour.
Judge Esmond Faulks told Wilson: “You have a bad record and the offences themselves demonstrate you are a semi-professional shoplifter and that you go seeking high-value items in order to pay for your drug addiction by selling them.
“It has to come to an end. There is no other way I can deal with you today except by sending you into custody.”
Jamie Adams, defending, told the court: “She has been struggling with an addiction to drugs for a very, very long time.
“It has been the core of her being, her very existence, let alone her offending.”
Mr Adams said Wilson, whose mother is already behind bars for her part in the thefts, is now willing to work with experts trying to help her kick her addiction.