14/08/2014 16:58 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Shoplifting Shame Of Coronation Street Star Johnny Briggs' Daughter And Granddaughter

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A court has been told of the shoplifting shame of the drug addicted daughter and granddaughter of Coronation Street star Johnny Briggs.

Karen Briggs and her daughter Emma Beach - who are both drug addicts and have notched up 48 convictions between them - admitted stealing candles, valued at £400, from a Clinton Cards store in Surrey. Briggs, 48, was jailed for six months, after also confessing to taking a neighbour's parcel.

Her daughter Beach - the granddaughter of the Corrie actor, who played Mike Baldwin for 36 years - had her sentence deferred, while the judge explored rehab options.

Prosecutor Gino Connor told the court: "On September 30 last year, at Clinton Cards in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, one of the assistants noticed two females.

"They went straight to the display of the Yankee Candles. They were in the store for about 10 minutes and were being observed.

"The observer noticed a rustling of bags and thought items were being packed in the bags."

The shop worker then watched as the older woman left the store.

Mr Connor said: "When she looked at the display she could see the display looked empty, with only three candles remaining."

By this time, the younger woman had also fled the shop.

Briggs and Beach were arrested around a month later, when police officers pulled over their car and saw a number of Yankee Candles in the foot well of the passenger seat.

At Guildford Crown Court, both defendants pleaded guilty to stealing the candles.

Judge Peter Moss was told both women have extensive criminal pasts related to their class A drug habits.

Briggs had 32 convictions for 52 offences, while her daughter had 16 convictions for 23 offences.

Andrew Forsyth, representing Beach, said: "She is thoroughly ashamed of her record. She has explained it's time to grow up. She wants to change. She has said she feels she may have a chance away from her mother."

Judge Moss told Beach he would put back her sentencing for three weeks to see if she were deemed suitable for a drug rehabilitation referral and that she would stay in custody until then.

He said: "You are addicted to drugs and you have many, many previous convictions for shoplifting. "The reality is this is a case which is effectively one of repeat offending, in relation to shoplifting, no doubt to feed your drug habit.

"I'm told you have what are described as unresolved issues regarding your parents and you bear responsibility for the situation as regards your daughter."

He sentenced Briggs to 24 weeks in prison.