A 70-year-old woman has appeared in court after stealing items from a Flintshire store.

Angela Morris, of Bryn Clyd in Leeswood, appeared at Mold Magistrates Court on Thursday morning.

She admitted that on March 15 at Home Bargains in Flint, she stole various goods to the value of £37.30.

Prosecutor Justin Espie said the defendant had selected a number of items in the store and paid for some - but not others.

Some of the items she picked up had been concealed in her hand bag and trolley.

But all of the goods were recovered when staff realised and challenged her.

She was then arrested and taken into custody.

Ceri Lewis, defending, said her client had made a "full and frank" admission to her crime.

"She knew what she did was wrong," Ms Lewis said.

"And she can't change what she's done.

"She feels absolutely awful about it.


"Ms Morris is supported by adult social services at the present time.

"She has numerous issues - and has lost two of her children over the last few years."

Ms Lewis said the defendant had been self-medicating for her grief with alcohol and hadn't sought counselling.

She added: "Everyone's struggling at the moment. She was struggling too.

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"She's been drinking heavily because of the bereavements and other issues - but she hadn't on that day."

Ms Lewis asked the court to consider a conditional discharge, reasoning her client is "a lady at 70 who I don't think will be troubling the courts again."

The Magistrates agreed to impose a 12 month conditional discharge - but Morris must pay £85 costs and a £26 victim surcharge.