Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Shoplifter Faces Arrest If She Enters Town Centre

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Shoplifter Faces Arrest If She Enters Town Centre

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Byline: Sonia Sharma Reporter sonia.sharma@trinitymirror.com

ASERIAL shoplifter has been banned from a town centre after racking up a catalogue of theft offences.

Sarah Campbell has been convicted 63 times for 190 offences. The majority of the incidents involved theft and being drunk and disorderly, mainly in the North Shields area, and have even earned her spells behind bars.

Now the 36-year-old, of no fixed abode, has been banned from entering North Shields town centre following a court ruling. A county court judge granted the two-year injunction after an application was made by North Tyneside Council.

Under the terms of the order, Campbell is prevented from entering the town centre between 8am and 8pm. She has also been warned not to be abusive, use foul language or harass any person within the centre and surrounding areas.

She faces immediate arrest and up to two years in prison if she breaches the terms of the injunction.

Colin Boxshall, the council's community protection manager, said: "This court order reaffirms our resolve to protect communities from crime and anti-social behaviour.

"Our management of anti-social behaviour cases demonstrates a clear focus on protecting people from harm and on supporting victims and witnesses.

"Everyone has the right to enjoy peace and quiet in their own homes and neighbourhood and in partnership with the police we will take whatever action necessary to protect that right."

Officers from the council's community and public spaces protection team have now delivered posters to shops and businesses in North Shields, informing them of the court decision.

North Shields Acting Inspector Barbara Gilhespy added: "We are pleased that this prolific shoplifter has now been banned from entering North Shields town centre during the daytime.

"I hope this two-year civil injunction will put a stop to this offending behaviour and I'd urge the public and retailers to help enforce it. If anyone sees Campbell in the town centre between 8am and 8pm then let us know by calling 101."

Sarah Campbell's diary of shame: January 13, 2015 - Convicted of stealing meat from Asda in Saville Street, as well as two more theft offences. …

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