A shoplifting "team" tried to distract security staff while they removed a trolley load of goods worth £500 from a supermarket.

Blackburn Magistrates' Court heard staff saw Niki Lakatos and others push the trolley to a car on the car park and start to load the goods into the back.

A total of four people were eventually charged with the theft and another was still outstanding.

Lakatos, 25, of Stock Street, Nelson, pleaded guilty to theft from the Asda supermarket in Keighley, West Yorkshire.

She was given a conditional discharge for 12 months and ordered to pay £85 costs and £26 victim surcharge.

Victoria Forrest, prosecuting, said the theft involved a number of individuals working together.

Security staff were attracted to the group when they saw a man remove a television set from a box.

They spoke to the individual and while they were distracted the others, with Lakatos pushing the trolley, left the store with about £500 worth of goods.

The goods were recovered from the car and the individuals involved were detained.

Trevor Grice, mitigating, said his client was a mother of three children aged four, three and two and was expecting her fourth child.

"There were other individuals involved, one of them being her mother who has a strong influence on my client," said Mr Grice. "She has no previous convictions."