Express justice was meted out to a shoplifter who was jailed on the same day she stole from a supermarket in South Tyneside.
Serial thief Ann Marie Simpson - who has more than 150 previous convictions - stole £60 worth of meat from a 24-hour Tesco store at about 1.20am on August 16
Simpson. 30, was arrested at the scene, and sentenced at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court later that afternoon.
Lee Poppett, prosecuting, said Simpson admitted to the offence as soon as the police turned up.
He said: “The offence was straightforward. Ms Simpson loaded a trolley with meat costing £60, then put the meat into a bag before leaving the store.
“She was stopped by security staff, who called police.
“When arrested, she told officers: ‘I am bang to rights’.
Simpson, of Whitehall Street, South Shields, admitted theft.
David Forrester, defending, said: “Ms Simpson is in breach of the licence period from her last sentence.
“She has been told she will be recalled to prison for 28 days, if not longer.
“She was released from that last sentence in June, and received help in finding accommodation.
“Help was less forthcoming in other respects, and she simply ran out of money.”
Simpson was jailed for four weeks, and ordered to pay £115 costs.