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Drug addict told to stay away from leisure centres following thefts from lockers

A mum-of-two has been banned from all leisure centres and health clubs while she awaits sentence for stealing personal items from lockers to fund her £70 a day drug habit

Lockers at Tudor Grange Leisure Centre
Lockers at Tudor Grange Leisure Centre

A mum-of-two has been banned from all leisure centres and health clubs while she awaits sentence for stealing personal items from lockers to fund her £70 a day drug habit.

Julie Walters took to stealing from lockers in sports facilities - including Tudor Grange - after she suffered a ‘relapse’ during her drug rehabilitation, Solihull Magistrates Court has been told.

The defendant, of Yorkminster Drive, Chelmsley Wood, admitted to forcing open lockers at Tudor Grange and stealing personal belongings on July 23.

She then went on to do the same at Bannatynes Health Club in Brindley Place, Birmingham, the following day.

Colin Heald, prosecuting, added: “The defendant returned to Tudor Grange Leisure Centre on July 31 and was recognised to be the person responsible for the previous thefts. She was found to have on her person items which would have been used to commit further offences - a kitchen knife and screwdriver.”

Walters, who pleaded guilty to theft and going equipped for theft, told police she has a heroin addiction, which costs her between £40 and £70 per day. She also accepted she was in breach of a curfew she was already under for another offence, by moving address.

Peter Cooke, defending, said his client had been clean from drugs until recently.

“My client lives with her partner and her two children. They [Walters and her partner] were both on drugs but had been clean.

“Her partner is still clean but [Walters] recently suffered a relapse after she was offered some drugs by someone clearly trying to tempt her back into that way of life and foolishly she accepted.”

Mr Cooke said his client broke the conditions of her curfew because her partner told her to leave the address when he found out she was back on drugs.

Walters, 41, will be sentenced on August 29 at Birmingham Crown Court.

 

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