Woman jailed for thefts across Gosport and Fareham

A WOMAN has been given a 12-month prison sentence for a string of theft offences across the Winchester, Fareham, Gosport and Hayling Island areas.

Eileen Hughes, 49, of Blanchard Road, Bishops Waltham, appeared at Southampton Crown Court on Friday, July 2, where she was jailed on seven counts, which she had previously admitted. They included:

• October 28, 2020 – stealing scrap metal from Wallisdean Avenue, Fareham;
• October 28, 2020 – stealing scrap metal from a business at Culverlands Business Park, Shedfield;
• December 8, 2020 – stealing a plant from outside an address in Knowle Avenue, Knowle;
• December 13, 2020 – stealing a pair of shoes from a driveway in Gosport Road, Lee-on-the-Solent;
• January 12, 2021 – stealing vehicle batteries in Portchester Road, Fareham;
• January 24, 2021 – stealing copper piping from a garden in Cottes Way, Fareham;
• February 11, 2021 – stealing scrap metal from a yard in Havant Road, Hayling Island.

The offences were committed while Hughes was serving an 18-month community order, handed to her on November 20, 2020, for previous theft offences in Southampton and Swanmore.

Hampshire Police Officer Sharon Conway said in a brief sentencing after the sentence: “Eileen Hughes has been a perennial nuisance across the county for months.
“She has brazenly approached people’s properties and stolen items, become aggressive when challenged, and shown no regard whatsoever to previous court orders imposed against her.
“I am pleased that she is now behind bars to prevent any further offending taking place.”