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“Professional shoplifter” jailed for almost a year

Kirsten Shearman

A “PROFESSIONAL shoplifter” who stole from stores in three different Cumbrian towns has been sent to prison.

Serial offender Kirsten Shearman, 40, was handed a criminal behaviour order (CBO) in June last year in a bid to curtail her crimes. This banned her from visiting shops in Cleator Moor, Cockermouth and Whitehaven.

She was then handed a suspended jail term by a judge in October for further offending.

And today (TUES) she was back at Carlisle Crown Court having admitted more shoplifting charges.

Shearman had stolen clothing from an ASDA store at Workington’s Dunmail Park in mid-September and then alcohol from an Oddies outlet in Cockermouth later in the month.

In early January, she visited Keswick’s George Fisher shop three times in four days, snatching expensive ladies’ outdoor jackets worth a total of £1,610.

Shearman, of St Leonard’s Close, Cockermouth, also flouted the CBO on January 31 by entering Workington’s Peacocks shop when banned from doing so.

She wept in the dock this morning as she was jailed for a total of 11 months by Judge Nicholas Barker, who had remarked to the prosecutor: “She is a professional shoplifter, isn’t she? It’s what she does.”

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