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Woman wore heels to community service

TORQUAY, England, May 5 (UPI) -- A British woman sentenced to community service was sent back to court after she showed up for her punishment wearing four-inch heels.

Debbie Stallard, 47, was sentenced to 80 hours of community service for damaging a vehicle and failing to consent to a breath test but she was sent away from the probation service's community payback workshop in Torquay because officials said her shoes were a health and safety hazard, the Daily Mail reported Tuesday.

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Stallard said she has a medical condition that prevents her from wearing flat shoes.

"Since I was a little girl I have only been able to walk on the balls of my feet. Even my slippers have two and a half inch heels," she said. "The long and the short of it is that I can't wear flat shoes because of a medical condition I have had since I was a child."

A Probation Service spokesman said Stallard refused an offer of protective footwear.

"We had no option but to return the order to court for magistrates to re-sentence as they see fit," the spokesman said.

The case was adjourned by judges pending medical reports.

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