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Jailed for stealing £2 hairspray: Sheffield and Rotherham shoplifters roundup

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A woman of 74 was among the shoplifters who stole fizzy drink, washing-up liquid and hairspray in South Yorkshire last week.

Magistrates handed convictions to scores of thieves between August 11 and 16, including 74-year-old Ann Worrall who took £4.38 of items from the Co-op on Angel Street.

Worrall, of West Park Drive, Swallownest, Rotherham, was given a six-month conditional discharge.

Samantha Gerrard, 25, of Midland Road, Masbrough, was jailed for two weeks after stealing two cans of £1 hairspray from Wilkinsons.

Magistrates said she has ‘an appalling record of dishonesty’.

Mary Price, 18, of Greenland Way, Darnall, stole £35 of flowers from Asda, was given a 12 month conditional discharge and made to pay £20 compensation.

Kelly Myers, 32, of Queensgate, Grenoside, must pay £5 compensation after taking fizzy drink and washing up liquid worth £10 from One Stop. She was also made to pay £85 costs.

And Stephen Elliott, 41, of Merrill Road, Rotherham, must pay a £25 fine after taking a TV, nappies and kitchen rolls from Tesco.

The sentences were handed out as South Yorkshire Police continue to appeal for information about suspected shoplifters countywide. The force has issued CCTV images of people it wants to trace, including this man in Dearne, Barnsley, on June 24 this year.

Sheffield has been hit by an 18 per cent surge in shoplifting in the past five years.

Figures also show 7,034 of cases remain unsolved since 2009, with 5,590 ending in court convictions.

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “Alternative disposals to the court proceedings are used in certain cases, such as when it is a first offence. Most people who are dealt with through alternative disposals do not go on to re-offend.

“And we continue to work with responsible retailers to ensure security measures are in place.

“Shoplifting is not a victimless crime, it has a huge impact on local retailers.”

 

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