Woman may get help for drug problem after thefts

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A WOMAN has admitted carrying out a string of thefts to get money for drugs.

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.

The case was adjourned to allow the probation service time to carry out a pre-sentence report.

The magistrates said they wanted to see if Raftery would be suitable for a drug rehabilitation order.

She was remanded in custody to be sentenced later this month.