Prolific Southsea thief will get help for drug problem

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A WOMAN who carried out a string of thefts to get money for drugs has been told to get help for her addiction.

Poppy Raftery stole a woman’s mobile phone in the Farlington Marshes car park, off the A27, and another woman’s bike from a block of flats in Wingfield Street, Buckland.

She took £360 of perfume and make-up from Boots in London Road, North End, £90 of wallpaper from B&Q in Havant and a computer game from Tesco in Crasswell Street, Landport.

Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court heard she stole 18 coats, worth £640, from New Look in Cosham, perfume from Boots at Gunwharf Quays, more perfume from Debenhams in Palmerston Road and a bottle of Champagne from the Co-op in Albert Road, Southsea.

Raftery, of Fawcett Road, Southsea, pleaded guilty to nine counts of theft when she appeared at court.

The 28-year-old also admitted failing to turn up at court twice after she was released on bail and obstructing a police officer in his duty.

Raftery was ordered to have nine months of drug rehabilitation treatment to try to tackle the cause of her offending. She will also have nine months of supervision from the probation service to help her stay out of trouble.