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Vulnerable woman told to get help for drug use
10:10pm Monday 9th July 2012 in Worcester
A YOUNG and vulnerable woman who kept lookout during a break-in at a Worcester body shop has been ordered by a court to get help for her drug habit.
Lauren Harper, aged 20, of Northwick Close, Northwick, Worcester, admitted burglary after she was caught with another man forcing entry to Airora Tansells in Diglis Road.
Worcester magistrates were told Harper played a supporting role during the burglary in the early hours of Saturday, June 16.
Kerry Lovegrove, prosecuting, said: “CCTV showed them both outside, and the man had a bolt-cutter and crowbar and forced entry.
“He then carried out an untidy search.
“Nothing was stolen, but £1,300 damage to doors and property was caused.”
Sarah Brady, in mitigation, said her client had held her hands up to her part in the break-in, clearly playing only the supporting role.
She painted a picture of a woman who was immature and had had a difficult upbringing, with both a mother and father hooked on heroin.
Miss Brady said her client was excitable and, as an “attractive young girl with her background", she was vulnerable to men.
Harper had recently started using heroin and needed intervention before the habit became serious, Miss Brady said.
Magistrates gave her a 12-month community order with supervision and a drug rehabilitation programme to attend.
She was also ordered to pay £350 compensation and £85 costs.
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