South Shields mum and son in joint shop theft

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A THIEVING mother and son ended up in court after being spotted on camera stealing from a South Tyneside store.

Jacqueline and Nicholas Flower were captured snatching nail varnish and an electric cigarette by store CCTV at Wilkinsons store in South Shields.

The pair, both of Mozart Street, South Shields, were arrested after making no attempt to pay for the goods, valued at £6.97.

The joint shop theft took place on Thursday, July 10.

Both admitted shop theft at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court. Magistrates adjourned the case for probation reports to be prepared on the duo.

Lee Poppett, prosecuting, said: “The matters date back to July 10. The defendants are mother and son.

“Security officers observed them on CCTV. Jacqueline Flower picks up nail varnish and passes it onto her son, who puts it in his pocket.”

Security staff continue to monitor both, and see them take an electronic cigarette from the store shelves 
before going about past the last point of payment on their way out of the store.

Police were called and both were arrested.

The court heard that Jacqueline Flower, 47, has 10 previous convictions , with seven for theft, and was subject to a conditional discharge at the time of the offence.

Nicholas Flower, 25, has five previous convictions and is subject to three conditional discharges.

Stephanie Malloy, defending both at court, said they were ‘mortified’ by their behaviour.

She said: “Both defendants have pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and should be given full credit for that.

“The goods they were stole were valued at just over £6.

“They are mortified by their behaviour.”

Magistrates adjourned the case until September 10 at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court for probation reports to be prepared.

They were given bail until then, with the condition they stay out of a town centre exclusion zone.

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