Prolific Portsmouth thief jailed for stealing despite magistrates’ order

Cllr Rob New

Top councillor says former MP’s appointment in senior police role was a ‘terrible case of cronyism’

Have your say

A PROLIFIC thief has been jailed after she was caught stealing not long after she was given a suspended sentence for a string of other offences.

Natalie Stewart stole a pair of boots from Marks & Spencer in Commercial Road, Landport, Portsmouth, on October 10.

A few weeks earlier, on September 2, the 25-year-old had been given a suspended jail term by Portsmouth magistrates and warned not to commit further offences.

On that occasion Stewart had been convicted of four counts of shoplifting.

She had also been sentenced for stealing a woman’s purse and used her bank card to buy goods worth £170 from clothes shops in Portsmouth.

Stewart, of Arundel Street, Landport, Portsmouth pleaded guilty to theft and admitted breaching the suspended sentence when she appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court.

She was jailed for 90 days.