Shoplifter took food to feed her 11 parrots

Issue 698

A DISABLED woman from Dewsbury Moor stole food from a supermarket to feed her 11 parrots.

Susan Wydell, 61, of Moor End Lane, took goods from Morrisons in Heckmondwike on July 3. She admitted the theft at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court.

Rachel Smith, mitigating, said Wydell had been out of work for a year due to arthritis and rheumatism. Miss Smith said: “She didn’t have enough money to feed her 11 parrots. It’s a very sad set of circumstances – she wishes to find a job but is unable to work full time because of her disability.”

District Judge Michael Fanning told Wydell to pay an £80 fine plus £85 costs, £150 court charge and a £20 victim surcharge. He added: “Eleven parrots must be very costly. It may be that you need to choose whether there are others who can care for the these parrots.”

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