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Woman who stole from Gloucester Quays given one final chance to avoid prison

A woman who stole from three stores at Gloucester Quays shopping outlet while homeless has been given a chance by a Gloucester crown court judge to turn her life around.

Charlie Green, 25, now living at Mansfield Mews, Quedgeley admitted that on July 3 that she breached a suspended prison sentence by stealing goods from Gap, Nike and a convenience store.

Susan Cavender, defending, said: "Green, who has three children, had been homeless for over a year during which time she fell into a bad crowd.

"But since obtaining a permanent home, she has taken steps to improve her life. She has returned to pick up her education so that she can fulfil her dream of joining the army."

Neil Hewitt, Probation Services officer said: "Green has complied with probation officers very well and has made significant improvements in her life since obtaining a stable home to live in.

"Green was homeless for 18 months, during which time she got in with the wrong crowd. She is a vulnerable woman and her offences and breaches occurred during this period.

"She now lives in a housing association property and Green is slowly turning her life around. She doesn't have issues of drugs or alcohol."

The judge, Recorder Malcolm Gibney, told Green: "You are a whisper away from being jailed. Court orders are to be complied with yet you have ignored previous warnings and went shoplifting.

"However, I can see there is some good in you and I have decided not to send you to prison.

"Instead I will defer sentencing you for three months so that you can prove your worth to probation and other relevant bodies.

"You must remain at your current address and there must not be any further offending before you case comes before this court on October 25.

"This is your final chance, so act responsibly."

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