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Norwich woman who blew her last chance by stealing from Tesco is jailed for15 months

PUBLISHED: 12:31 20 June 2018 | UPDATED: 15:42 20 June 2018

Norwich Crown Court. Picture Adrian Judd.

Norwich Crown Court. Picture Adrian Judd.

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A woman who admitted she had “blown” her last chance to get help for her long-standing drug addiction was jailed after going on a crime spree.

Michelle Price, 35, of Watling Road, Norwich, was given a 15 month suspended jail sentence for the attempted burglary of the Linacre Avenue home of a 91-year-old Sprowston pensioner, in January, this year, but breached the order just weeks later after she was twice caught shoplifting and also found in possession of drugs, Norwich Crown Court heard.

Hilary O’Keefe, prosecuting, said Price was stopped by a store security officer at Tesco at Harford Bridge, Norwich, on March 5, this year, but struggled and ran off leaving a bag behind, containing make up stolen from the store worth £525.

Four days later police called at her address in Watling Road and she was found with a package of amphetamine and when searched she also had some Class C drug, Subutex, hidden in her bra.

On April 3, she was again stopped by a security officer at Tesco, on Guildhall Hill, in Norwich, and had on her stolen food and drinks worth £10.20.

Price, who appeared via a video link from Peterborough prison, admitted two thefts from Tesco and possession of Class B and C drugs.

Jailing her for 15 months, Judge Katharine Moore, who had imposed the earlier suspended sentence for the burglary, told Price she had given her an opportunity to get help for the long-standing drug problem that had plagued her life.

She said “rather sadly” Price had not taken up the offers of help and added: “It has not really worked as it should because you were not really committed.”

She said there was no order or conditions which Price could comply with and warned that unless she tried to tackle her drug addiction she would spend more time in jail: “The sentences will become only longer.”

Judge Moore said the drugs would also risk her health if she continued.

John Morgans, for Price, said “She knows she was given a chance and she knows she has blown it. It is wholly down to her. It is her fault.”

He said that while in custody she had tried to tackle the drug addiction, which had plagued her adult life.

“It has ruined her life. She is desperate to break free of that addiction.”

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