A Chester woman has been sentenced to 200 hours of community service after admitting stealing items from the home of a customer of her cleaning business.

Louise Collier, 38, of Boundary Lane, Saltney was sentenced at Chester Crown Court on November 16 and ordered to pay £170 compensation to the victim and £590 in costs.

The victim had employed Collier as a domestic cleaner after seeing her advertisement in a local shop in the Westminster Park area of Chester.

During her cleaning visits to the home over a two week period in June this year, whilst the victim was at work, Collier stole items including a designer purse, designer bedding, wine and frozen food.

The purse was later recovered at Collier’s home address following her arrest.

After denying the offences when interviewed and at her first hearing, she pleaded guilty at Chester Crown Court on October 16.

PC Pritchard from Chester Outer neighbourhood policing unit said “Louise Collier was employed by someone who showed a great deal of faith and trust by allowing her access to their home in order to do a job. This trust was abused by Collier who saw an opportunity to steal items from the victim when they were not at home.

“This case should serve as a warning to anyone who may be tempted to take advantage of their access to a home or business to steal from the owners. Cheshire Police will not tolerate these crimes and you can expect to be brought to account for your actions.”