Grange woman appears in court after using grandfather's credit card for Barrow shopping spree

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14 September 2017 6:24PM

A 19-YEAR-OLD has been ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work after admitting she spent £274 on her grandfather's credit card without his knowledge.

Alannah Louise Andrews, of Moorside, Flookburgh, Grange, appeared at Furness Magistrates' Court today where she pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud by false representation.

Andrews admitted spending £215.05 in JD Sports in Portland Walk and £58.98 on makeup from Boots.com between November 20-23.

Peter Kelly, prosecuting, described the act as a "breach of trust" and told the court how Andrews' grandfather, Mr Barker, first became aware the money had left his account after receiving a call from the bank.

This was a breach of trust and it's shocking against her grandfather, and she knows that.

Mr Kelly also told the court that Andrews denied her actions during a series of police interviews, but was forced to confess once the items were discovered.

The trainee chef later confessed to a relative that she "had an addiction."

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Maureen Fawcett, defending, said her client was "beside herself" and had "changed her life around" since the incident.

She said: "My client is 19 years old and I've represented her since she was 16.

"This happened 10 months ago and things have changed.

"She was homeless and now she's moved into a house, she had alcohol problems and she's received treatment, which is a significant thing for a young girl.

"This was a breach of trust and it's shocking against her grandfather, and she knows that.

"This case goes back to when she was in a bad way.

"This family just want to move on and put this behind them."

Presiding magistrate George Butler called the offence "serious" and issued Andrews with a community order, giving her a year to complete 200 hours of unpaid work.

She was also ordered to pay court costs of £85 and an £85 victim surcharge.

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