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Pair fined for St Albans Cathedral visit fraud

St Albans Abbey
Image caption St Albans Abbey has been a site of worship and pilgrimage for over 1,700 years

Two women who defrauded visitors to a cathedral as they walked through its doors have been fined.

Sofica Panaghita, 25, and Mirela Dumtiru, 22, took money from a number of people visiting St Albans Cathedral on Friday.

Staff at the cathedral, where entrance is free, became suspicious and contacted police.

The women, of no fixed abode, admitted fraud and were fined £100 at Hatfield Remand Court.

They were also ordered to pay £85 in costs.

The cathedral is the oldest site of continuous Christian worship in Britain.

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