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‘Come Dine With Me' Contestant Sophie Hunter-Brown Banned From Every Asda Store In The UK After Being Exposed As Serial Thief

12/11/2015 07:48 GMT | Updated 12/11/2015 07:59 GMT

A primary school teacher, who appeared on the Channel 4 show ‘Come Dine With Me’, has been exposed as a serial shoplifter.

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Sophie Hunter-Brown was so notorious that her photo was displayed on the staff walls of her local Asda store.

She was spotted in a repeat episode of the hit show and subsequently arrested by police for several food thefts from the Asda superstore in Aberdare, South Wales.

The 30-year-old has since been banned from every Asda in the UK.

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Sophie Hunter-Brown

Despite her shoplifting spree, which she blamed on not being able to 'afford to feed herself', she avoided being struck off the teaching register following a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday.

The hearing was told that she would use self-service machines, bag up her items then put her card in but remove it just before payment was taken, between April and July 2014.

Ms Hunter-Brown claims it had been a ‘mistake’.

She was given a conditional caution after admitting theft and was made to pay Asda compensation.

At the hearing, Ms Hunter-Brown said: “It was a mistake not to check that the payments had gone through. It was the result of personal stress in my life.

“Had I been taken to a police station instead of being interviewed in the back of Asda and given time to collect my thoughts I would’ve answered differently.”

Whilst on ‘Come Dine With Me’, she hosted a dinner with a Thai full-moon beach party theme, complete with a game of living-room limbo.

She came third out of the five contestants with her menu of chili crab cakes, red Thai chicken curry and lemon and lime cheesecake with mango sorbet.

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