Woman is jailed after string of shop thefts

A police car parked outside Catherine House in Stanhope Road, Portsmouth, earlier tonight. Picture: Byron Melton

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A WOMAN who carried out a string of thefts has been jailed for 17 weeks.

Siobhan Maven-Hazleton was locked up after she repeatedly failed to turn up to court and breached community orders.

Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court heard that she stole £144 worth of children’s clothing from Asda in The Bridge shopping centre, Portsmouth in October last year.

The 23-year-old also took 10 bottles of perfume, worth £577, from Debenhams in Commercial Road, a few weeks later.

Then on December 13 she stole £168 worth of meat from a Co-op in Portsmouth.

On January 5 she stole make-up from Boots in London Road, North End.

And three weeks later she took more make-up, worth £185, from Wilkinson in Arundel Street, while also assaulting a man, Geoffrey Lace.

Maven-Hazleton failed to appear before magistrates on November 11 and December 7.

At the time of the more recent offences she had also been on bail.

The court heard how she had an extensive record for thefts and ignoring court orders.

Maven-Hazleton, of Eastern Road, pleaded guilty to five thefts, one assault and two counts of failing to attend court.