Mum and daughter in shop-theft gang

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A MOTHER-and-daughter crime duo have admitted being part of a shoplifting gang who sold their stolen wares on Facebook.

Dawn Bainbridge, 46, and Claire Bainbridge, 21, took clothing and property from high street chain stores which would then be advertised for sale over the social networking site and on eBay.

The stolen property could be paid for on-line via PayPal.

Shops in South Tyneside and Sunderland were targeted by the fraudsters.

The pair, of The Crescent, West Rainton, County Durham, appeared at Newcastle Crown Court via videolink to HMP Low Newton yesterday, where they pleaded guilty to a joint charge of conspiracy to steal.

Bainbridge snr also admitted seven charges of thefts of hundreds of pounds worth of goods and clothing from Marks & Spencers, House of Fraser, Evans, Next, River Island, British Home Stores, and the Disney store in Sheffield during a spree in February.

The mum is already awaiting sentence for thefts from Sainsbury’s and Asda stores in Peterlee, County Durham.

David Callan, defending the older woman, said: “The conspiracy involved the stealing but not selling of the property.

“The allegation is the property was advertised on Facebook and eBay.”

Judge John Evans ordered pre-sentence reports in the case of both women and remanded them in custody in the meantime.