Shoplifting mum told to clean up act or face jail

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A SERIAL shoplifter has been given one last chance to clean up her act – for the sake of her children.

But mum-of-three Tracy Jeavons was warned she could be sent to prison if she flouted the law again and that her kids could be teased for having ‘a jailbird for a mother’.

The 40-year-old has 18 previous convictions for 37 offences – mostly for shoplifting.

Jeavons was caught out yet again after she and another woman stole five bottles of wine worth £26.25 from Iceland in Cosham High Street.

She was subject to a community order for racially-aggravated assault and fear or provocation of violence when she committed the crime on February 10.

Roderick Baker, prosecuting at Portsmouth Crown Court, said: ‘They were followed down Cosham High Street by one of the staff from the store who approached the two females and asked if they could have the wine back.

‘They tried to take the wine and one of the females swung the bag with the wine around, preventing the staff from recovering the bottles.

‘One of them fell out of the bag and was recovered. The females were then seen to go to a nearby public house. The police were called and the remaining wine recovered.’

Jeavons, who admitted one count of theft, was reduced to tears as Recorder Michael Selfe addressed her.

He said: ‘I have in mind that you are a mother of two teenagers and a four-year-old. No doubt on previous occasions when you were at risk of going to prison, courts have taken that into account, particularly when you were before a court for racially-aggravated offences.

‘I don’t know what a four-year-old will think if you don’t go home tonight or if you don’t go home for several weeks or a few months. Think about that. And other children can be unkind, and they will probably tease your children, [saying] “you have got a jailbird for a mother”. That won’t be the children’s fault, it will be your fault and I hope you remember it. I’m prepared to give you a chance.’

Jeavons, of Newbolt Road, Paulsgrove, was sentenced to a 12-month community order under supervision. She must attend a women’s programme for six sessions and was given a curfew ordering her not to leave home between 7pm and 7am for three months.