Hartlepool shoplifter who stole from B&M and Asda is given a chance to make it as a mum by court

A Hartlepool mum has been given a chance to prove herself after a court was told she was on the right track with her parenting.

Saturday, 9th November 2019, 8:00 am
The court was also told Lisa Wallace had stolen items from B&M.

Lisa Wallace stole £146 worth of items from B&M in Hartlepool on Friday, July 5, with Teesside Crown Court told she had left after making no effort to pay for the goods.

On Thursday, September 5, she went into the town’s Asda store and was spotted putting make up in her handbag, but while she paid for the shopping in her trolley, she failed to pay for the beauty goods.

Judge Peter Armstrong was told the 44-year-old, from Pope Grove in Hartlepool, had breached a sentence of eight months, suspended for 18 months, given to her in February for aggravated taking a vehicle without consent, which was extended for a further six months in July.

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Lisa Wallace stole items of makeup from the Asda store in town.

She admitted both offences and the case was adjourned last month to allow for a pre-sentence report to be completed by the Probation Service.

Now, she has been given another chance to prove herself after a series of rules had been laid down through the court.

Stephen Constantine, mitigating, sought a deferral of the case for eight weeks and explained how she was a mother to three young children.

He explained the report set out three points for her to follow; commit no further offences, comply with the requirement of the suspended sentence order and to work with children’s services, including working with drug agencies and testing.

The date of Friday, January 31, was set by the court for the next hearing.

The judge told her: “Lisa Wallace, you are going to have to prove you can keep out of trouble because you have got this suspended sentence hanging over you.

“This is two shoplifting offences, if you keep going on shoplifting the time comes when it becomes so serious that one day you will get locked up.

“You’re doing all right at the moment, see if you can build on that in the deferred sentence period for three months.”