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Shoplifter jailed and banned from Clifton and The Meadows stores

A prolific shoplifter has been jailed and banned from a number of shops.

Laura Dyer stole over £400 worth of meat and laundry items across six thefts between 2 March and 7 May 2023.

The 34-year-old targeted the Co-op at Bridgeway Centre, The Meadows, and Farmfoods in Southchurch Drive, Clifton, in order to fund her drug addiction.

She appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on 24 May 2023 and admitted six counts of theft.

Magistrates heard Dyer, of Eccleston Drive, Clifton, has  a long list of previous convictions and jailed her for six months.

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She was also issued with a three-year criminal behaviour order forbidding her to enter the Co-Op at Bridgeway Centre in The Meadows; Farmfoods in Southchurch Drive, Clifton; or Heron Foods in Southchurch Drive, Clifton.

Due to the persistence of Dyer’s offending, Nottinghamshire Police worked with the Crown Prosecution Service to obtain the criminal behaviour order.

CBOs are designed to tackle the most serious and persistent anti-social individuals where their behaviour has brought them before a criminal court.

Sergeant Louise Ellis, of Nottinghamshire Police, said Dyer’s offending had been serious and sustained and that she had even verbally threatened someone who had tried to stop her from leaving a shop with goods she had stolen.

She said: “Shoplifting is not a victimless crime. Dyer’s behaviour affected customers and staff in the shops she targeted repeatedly over a number of months, even after she’d been arrested for similar offences.

“We have a duty to protect all victims of crime from repeat offenders. And one way we can do this is by applying to the courts for criminal behaviour orders which are designed to prevent their re-offending.

“They also give the offender an opportunity to be supported out of the cycle of drug addiction and their criminal lifestyle.”

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