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Narborough woman in court after stealing food from Tesco in Swaffham

A court heard that a woman who shoplifted from Tesco was “desperate” during the cost of living crisis.

Tara Berry, 33, of Meadow Close in Narborough, appeared in Lynn’s Magistrates’ Court where she admitted to stealing £61.97 worth of groceries from Tesco in Swaffham.

Prosecutor Nicola Lamb said that on March 12, the manager of the store was notified about a theft which happened earlier that day.

The incident took place at Tesco in Swaffham. Picture: Google Maps
The incident took place at Tesco in Swaffham. Picture: Google Maps

CCTV footage was reviewed where Berry was seen selecting items in and putting them in her trolley.

She was then seen buying a scratch card and left, making no attempt to pay for the items in the trolley.

She has one previous unrelated conviction on her record.

In mitigation, Deborah Robinson explained the reasons to why Berry had stolen the items.

Ms Robinson said: “The cost of living crisis means benefits have been stretched.

“Her and her son were absolutely desperate, it was a grocery shop which was needed. She is mortified by the situation.”

Berry was ordered by magistrates to pay £61.97 in compensation to Tesco as well as cover court costs of £50.

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