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Last Updated: Monday, 25 October, 2004, 13:15 GMT 14:15 UK
Pensioners' shoplift scam foiled
Two pensioners who ran a shoplifting ring from a Conservative club have been cautioned by police.

Rose Fitzsimmons, 70, and Jeanie Duckworth, 66, were caught with a haul including two stolen boxes of sweets.

Police in St Annes, Lancashire, arrested and cautioned the women for receiving stolen goods.

The women have been barred from St Annes Conservative Club for bringing it into disrepute. A 37-year-old man has been charged with shoplifting.

Police were called to the resort's branch of Woolworths where a man had been arrested on suspicion of shoplifting.

'Stolen sweets'

Believing the suspect was working to order they followed a trail which led them to the St Annes Conservative Club.

Inside the two women were found with large boxes of sweets and a bag of assorted meat.

The club's management committee said it had to withdraw the women's memberships.

"We can't have that sort of thing happening here, we are a Conservative Club and it brings us into disrepute," said secretary and treasurer June Wood.

The man accused of shoplifting will appear at Blackpool Magistrates' Court on 3 November.

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