A shop thief was caught stealing booze while she waited for her partner to appear in the dock at the magistrates' court next door.
Denise Reid decided she needed alcohol as she waited for her boyfriend's case to be called on, so popped over to a nearby Lidl.
The 46-year-old picked out a bottle of wine and cider, valued at £6.84, but was detained leaving the store, in Bedlington, without paying.
Reid was due to appear at the same court - South East Northumberland Magsitrates' Court - on Thursday to face one count of shop theft but failed to show.
Instead, the case was proved in her absence and a warrant was issued for her arrest.
James Long, prosecuting, read from a transcript of Reid's police interview after her arrest on December 2 last year.
By David Stanyer
Live music at the Market Tavern in Bedlington every Tuesday evening from 8pm
* Guest hosts each week
* Pie pea and a pint supper only £5 - Pies supplied from D.J Lynn & Son Buchers
* Vinyl swap shop - bring along your records and swap and sell with others
* Guitar accessories on sale from Fretmarks music (was Dennis Todds music)
Been to see a very interesting person today.
Had a chat on Bedlington and the Furnace.
She has given me a photo of The Last of the Nailers.
She says it is Bedlington and on the back it is dated 1858.
This has got me puzzled as of the date but it is in her families photographs and she aint sure who it is of.
She is getting on in late life now and have to take that into my thinking.
Could this be the Gibson family of Bedlington and a previous family member have written this on the back of the photo ?
I don't know, what do you think. ?
Post something else later as soon as it is scanned. From the elderly lady too.