A PROLIFIC criminal who stole cash from a Carlisle flood victim has been jailed for almost two years.
Amanda Queen, 45, burgled the living area of a city hostel into which a mother and her two children were moved in the aftermath of Storm Desmond.
Queen was caught in the act by the woman. She noted the burglar had snatched loose change which she recognised as hers because it was covered in flood dirt.
Carlisle Crown Court heard the victim no longer felt safe at the hostel, but had nowhere else to go.
Queen, who has more than 100 offences on her criminal record, pleaded guilty to a charge of burglary following the incident on 24th April.
A 22-month prison sentence was handed down today (WED) by Judge Peter Davies.
“She was just one of a number of victims of these floods and deserved consideration,” Judge Davies told Queen, of Blackwell Road, Carlisle. “But you didn’t care.”