A TEENAGER stole clothes from two shops in Huddersfield to feed herself, a court heard.
Eighteen-year-old Zoe Jobateh appeared before Huddersfield magistrates yesterday.
The bench was told that on October 12, the teenager, of no fixed address, was seen by staff at Matalan stealing items worth just over £60.
Then while on police bail on October 27 she took clothes worth over £100 from the town’s Marks and Spencer store.
On both occasions the items were recovered and the teenager admitted the thefts.
Sonia Kidd, defending, said that her client was unemployed and not receiving benefits.
She was staying at a friend’s house and had to borrow money from others.
Ms Kidd said: “Her friends and family could no longer help her in this climate and she’s taken to stealing items.
“She needed money to feed herself.
“When asked when was the last time she’d eaten she said she didn’t know.
“She accepts responsibility. She’s a young lady who undertook desperate measures to try and feed herself and keep herself warm,” added Ms Kidd.
Magistrates gave Jobateh a community order for 12 months, which has a supervision requirement.