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Woman from Sutton Bridge facing shop theft charges to be assessed on medical fitness to appear at court

Prosecutors want more details about the condition of a gravely ill Sutton Bridge woman accused of a string of shop thefts.

Natasha Hughes (36), of New Road, faces five charges of thefts from shops which took place between March 6 and March 10, 2017.

Hughes is accused of stealing goods worth a total value of more than £5,800.

King's Lynn Magistrates Court.
King's Lynn Magistrates Court.

But during a hearing at King’s Lynn Magistrates Court yesterday (Thursday), the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) was informed that Hughes has been diagnosed with liver and renal failure.

An arrest warrant had been issued at a previous hearing but police raised concerns about bringing Hughes to court, according to prosecutor Victoria Bastock.

Two of the thefts Hughes is accused of took place at Boots in Watton, Norfolk, one of them involving goods valued at £2,557.88 and the other at £2,509.16.

Court news.
Court news.

Other charges relate to thefts from Boots in Swaffham, Norfolk, to the values of £228.98 and £64.19, as well as an incident at the Co-operative Group in Terrington St Clement where goods to the value of £499.95 were allegedly stolen.

Hughes also faces a charge of assault on an emergency worker in a hospital on September 25, 2018.

In court, Miss Bastock said that Hughes’ life expectancy is understood to be short, adding: “The letter (from a GP) doesn’t quite go as far as for the CPS to establish whether we’re in a position to continue.”

The case was adjourned until September 19 to gather further medical evidence.

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