SANDOWN neighbours have been sentenced after going on a spree of thefts over several days.

Gemma Louise West and Sasha Bryan appeared at the Isle of Wight Magistrates' Court for sentencing last week after stealing £1,020 worth of stolen goods, including alcohol and candles.

West, 36, admitted to seven thefts between March 2 and 13. She was given a community order to include 25 rehabilitation days and was ordered to pay £383.93 compensation.

Bryan, 40, admitted to five of the thefts. She was given a community order to include ten rehabilitation days and was ordered to pay £231.93 compensation.

At a previous hearing, prosecutor Ann Smout, outlined the offences.

She said West was seen alone entering Tesco Express in Lake where she was seen on CCTV picking up alcohol and walking out of the store.

Later, on March 6, the pair were seen together entering Morrisons in Newport where they were seen on CCTV putting bottles into a bag before leaving the shop.

They returned again to Morrisons on March 9 but were spotted by the store manager, who recognised them and confronted them.

Later that same day, the pair went to Boots on the High Street where they were seen, again on CCTV, taking candles.

The following day they returned to Boots stealing further candles and an electrical device.

On March 12, West again attended Morrisons in Newport, alone, and stole two bottles of gin.

The final incident on March 13 saw the pair enter Boots in Newport for the third time, and steal candles.

Defending West and Bryan, Barry Arnett said Bryan had moved to the Isle of Wight from the West Midlands after fleeing an abusive relationship.

He said West had been 'desperately trying to stay on the straight and narrow' and her last offence was in 2003.