Community service for addict thief

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A woman who stole to fund her heroin habit was sentenced to 100 hours’ community service.

At Selkirk Sheriff Court, 23-year-old Clair Gold claimed to have now beaten her addiction.

“She says she is now completely off heroin and alcohol, and feels great,” said defence solicitor Heather Stewart.

Gold, of Trinity Street, admitted stealing towels and bed linen, worth £116.92, from Factory Fabrics, Victoria Road, on July 27. There was no recovery.

On July 29, Gold admitted stealing curtains, worth £39, from the same store. Again, there was no recovery.

On the same date, she admitted stealing pictures worth £23.97, which were fully recovered, from Poundstretchers, High Street.