Shoplifting-spree mum jailed

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A THIEVING mum has been put behind bars after her 24th shoplifting spree.

Donna English, 27, pocketed £287-worth of make-up from Boots at the Galleries, in Washington, in November last year, then stole £50- worth of beef and gammon from the Co-op a fortnight later.

Because she was on a suspended sentence for an earlier meat theft the mum-of-two was remanded in custody over Christmas.

At Newcastle Crown Court yesterday Glenn Gatland, defending, said English has come off heroin, completed an alcohol detoxification programme in jail and is ready to live a crime-free life if given the chance of freedom.

But Judge James Goss said her offending and past criminal record meant giving her a chance at a community order would be “setting her up to fail” and sentenced her to three months behind bars.

Judge Goss told her: “You are in breach of a suspended sentence imposed in February last year.

“During the course of that order not only did you fail to comply with the supervision but also went out and committed further offences of the same kind by stealing in order to obtain money to satisfy your desire for drink.”

English, of Collingwood Court, Sulgrave, Washington, had admitted theft and breaching the suspended sentence.

Mr Gatland said English has a deeply troubled history and turned to drink and drugs when she was left to cope alone after her partner was killed in a road accident.