A 27-year-old woman ‘bumped’ a taxi after a journey from Cowdenbeath to Dunfermline.

Shannon Catterill, from Dunfermline, left the taxi at a hotel and failed to re-appear and was later caught shoplifting in a separate incident.

Catterill, of Izatt Avenue, appeared from custody at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

She admitted that on April 28, at Marston’s Hotel, Fife Leisure Park, she obtained the hire of a taxi from Cowdenbeath High Street without paying and intending not to pay the fare of £32.20.

She also admitted that on June 5 at Nisa Extra, Queensferry Road, Rosyth, she stole a quantity of food and cleaning items.

Depute fiscal Jennifer Berner said the taxi driver picked up Catterill and a male from Cowdenbeath High Street at 8.50am and travelled to an address in Dunfermline.

The taxi had to wait there for 20 minutes after Catterill got out.

She returned to the taxi and asked to be taken to Fife Leisure Park. When they got there the male said to Catterill, “You’re paying” and went into a hotel.

Catterill also went into the hotel and did not return, leaving the driver with an unpaid fare of £32.20.

Defence solicitor Alexander Flett said his client was already on a drug treatment and testing order.

Sheriff William Gilchrist deferred sentence.