A BASILDON woman has admitted stealing cash from an elderly man. 

Catherine Martin, 36, of Gardenia Court, has been ordered to pay £150 in compensation and undertake 70 hours of unpaid work. 

On October 8 a man in his 80s had £150 in cash stolen from him as he was shopping on Derwent Parade in South Ockendon.

Following CCTV enquiries, a woman was arrested and later charged with theft from another person.

Martin appeared at Basildon Magistrates' Court on September 13 and pleaded guilty to the offence.

In addition to the compensation costs and the unpaid work, she was ordered to pay £190 in costs and participate in rehabilitation activity.