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Birkenhead woman accused of shoplifting in Broughton is excluded from Wales

A SHOPLIFTING gang is alleged to have stolen property to the value of £10,000 in a series of expeditions to a Flintshire store.

Two women have been arrested and police enquiries are continuing into the activities of two others, including a male driver.

One woman appeared at a special bank holiday weekend magistrates’ court in Mold.

Nicola Andrews, 33, of St Anne’s Close, Birkenhead, faces four charges of theft from the BHS Store at Broughton Shopping Park, where prosecutor Susan Duncombe alleged that household goods and clothing valued at £10,000 had been taken in what she described as professional, pre-planned shoplifting.

Andrews is also charged with stealing from the Next store on the same retail park.

She gave no indication of plea when she appeared at Flintshire Magistrates’ Court on Saturday.

Magistrates granted an application for bail by defending solicitor Gerry Pachter.

Andrews was excluded from Wales apart from attending court, she must live at her home address and she is to have no contact with three other named people alleged to have been involved.