A MUM who was planning a special meal for her homeless son decided to steal the ingredients.

Blackburn magistrates heard Marie Starr was struggling financially after her benefits were adjusted when it was discovered she had savings which she planned to use to help her son.

Starr, 44, of New Chapel Street, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to stealing goods worth £209 from Asda. She was given a conditional discharge for 12 months and ordered to pay £85 costs and £20 victim surcharge.

Tracy Yates, prosecuting, said Starr told police she had £140 on her but decided to steal the items.

Helen Farnsworth, defending, said Starr didn't see a great deal of her son. She had tried to save some money to help him with his homelessness but that resulted in her benefits being reduced.

"On this occasion she was making a special meal for her son who was visiting," said Mrs Farnsworth. "It was a foolish decision she made to steal the items rather than pay for them."