Portsmouth mum caught stealing says she did it for her family

John Apter

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A MUM who was caught shoplifting from Marks & Spencer says she did it to get presents for her family.

Paula Denyer was stopped outside the store in Commercial Road, Landport, Portsmouth, as she tried to run off with £100 of clothes including shoes and underwear.

The 33-year-old mum-of-three pleaded guilty to theft when she appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court.

Prosecutor Graham Dubber said staff at the store watched Denyer on CCTV as she stuffed a bag full of clothes before heading to the door. Security stopped her and the goods were recovered.

‘She said she stole them for her family as presents,’ Mr Dubber said.

Tim Sparkes, defending, said Denyer had struggled with alcohol and drug addiction but was trying to turn her life around.

Denyer, of Fyning Street, Landport, was fined £70 and told to pay £100 in costs.

The money will be taken out of the benefits she receives.