Burglar's mental health issues
A HOMELESS woman who burgled a house in a Mid Devon village will not be charged over the offence because she suffers from mental health issues.
The 49-year-old, from Salisbury, was sleeping rough in Lapford and was found in a lane in possession of food, alcohol and car keys stolen from a property nearby.
Sergeant Dave Macfadden, based in Crediton, said residents grew suspicious of the woman and called the police.
He said: "The situation is that after I spoke to her it was apparent that she was suffering from mental health issues.
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"When she was arrested and taken into custody, she was examined and needed an assessment, which took place, and she has been admitted for 28 days.
"There was no further action because of her mental state. She was on her travels, sleeping rough, and the victim of the burglary is happy she is receiving the appropriate treatment and all of the property was returned."
The woman was arrested on August 27, and taken to Heavitree Road, Exeter.