A repeat shoplifter who made hoax calls to 999 and was found in possession of razors has been sentenced.

Jade Mason, 38 was caught on CCTV entering TK Maxx in Queensgate Shopping Centre on October 28 where she stole jewellery worth £16.96.

The previous month, between October 8 and 13, she was identified from CCTV footage making several calls from a phone box in Eastfield Road to police on 999 reporting incidents that were found to be untrue and being abusive to call handlers.

Mason, of Eastfield Road, central Peterborough, appeared at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on Thursday November 9 where she pleaded guilty to theft from a shop and making hoax calls. She was sentenced to 26 weeks in prison, suspended for 18 months.

She also pleaded guilty to another charge of theft from a shop after being caught on CCTV stealing three bottles of perfume and 12 men’s deodorants worth £110.85 from Superdrug in Queensgate on  June 16, and being in possession of a blade in a public place after she was found with an open pack of 12 razors in her handbag at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on June 19.

As part of her sentence, she has also been ordered to complete a 20 day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement (RAR), pay £16.50 in compensation to TK Maxx and £110.85 to Superdrug.

PC Lena Gubeiko, who investigated, said: “Mason has been given a second chance by having her sentence suspended, meaning if she is found to commit another criminal offence during the suspension period, the sentence will be activated and she will go to prison.

“Shoplifting is not a victimless crime – we are working hard to tackle the issue and support our businesses across the district, looking at longer-term solutions such as getting offenders support to stay away from addiction issues, or apply for court orders such as Criminal Behaviour Orders to keep them away from the areas they are causing most harm.”