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Serial Shoplifter Banned For Stealing Meat

Tuesday November 26 2013


Barnsley Magistrates' Court Barnsley Magistrates' Court


A SERIAL shoplifter has been banned from going to branches of the Co-op for stealing meat.

June Downing, 50, was given the ban as part of bail conditions because, Barnsley Magistrates' Court was told, she tended to target the Co-op.

She was freed from custody after a plea by her solicitor Sean Fritchley, who said Downing's frequent spells in jail were not working.

He said it would be 'correct and proper' to offer her drug rehabilitation instead.

Mr Fritchley said: "She knows she will go straight to prison if she goes shoplifting while on bail.

"It's not as if she's going to get away with anything. She's known to Barnsley police because of her poor criminal record. She's not a danger to anyone.

"It seems she's now more motivated to tackle her drug problem. If we stand idly by and allow her to carry on down the slippery slope of drug taking, we will either read her obituary in the Barnsley Chronicle or she will end up back in court as she is today."

He added that Downing had beaten a drug problem once and worked to help other drug users. This had led to her leading a virtually crime-free life for 10 years.

But she had lapsed back into drugs when she had to look after her elderly parents.

Jayne Ormrod, prosecuting, called for Downing, of Doles Crescent, Royston, to be remanded in custody.

She said Downing had been released early from an 18-week jail sentence when she stole the meat.

"No bail conditions will stop her offending again," she said.

Rev Peter Yates, presiding, warned Downing she would have to get someone else to do her shopping if she wanted anything from the Co-op.

He said: "Any breach of bail conditions and you will go straight to prison. You must not abuse the trust of the court. We believe you will not do that."

Downing, who admitted shoplifting, will be sentenced on December 5.

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Reply Posted by unlucky for asda etc on Tuesday November 26 2013 at 14:46
she will go to ASDA ETC,won;t stop the thieving turd!

Reply Posted by Sid on Monday December 2 2013 at 09:12
Get two hands on this ah ah ah.

Reply Posted by kfc on Tuesday November 26 2013 at 14:53
Another Smack Rat for Saddleworth Moor Centre.

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Tuesday November 26 2013 at 16:55
Yet another smackrat on the pinch to fund their habit.
Lock em up remove their methadone and make em go cold turkey off their own back.


Reply Posted by eva on Tuesday November 26 2013 at 18:11
at least show her pic, so whens she out, we'l no what she looks like

Reply Posted by don't judge on Wednesday November 27 2013 at 06:53
Not all smackrats as u call them are the same... I live with a ex herione addict who is on methadone we have a 4 bedroomed house a nice car he as a motorbike and he works full time and is a dam good dad.. so never judge a book by it's cover... really grinds me when people tar all herione addicts with the same brush

Reply Posted by michelle on Wednesday November 27 2013 at 09:22
well said don't judge not all heroin addicts are smackrats its just small minded people that think it. They want to get educated on addiction then their opinion might differ x

Reply Posted by Kfc on Wednesday November 27 2013 at 07:02
don't Judge@ you are very lucky and so his your partner/husband to have you for support. He is a very small minority in society. He's not going out robbing his family and shoplifting and breaking into some ones home to feed his habit.

The reason people refer to them as Smackrats is because 99% of them have no respect for them selves or members of there communities.

Good luck on his rehabilitation and hope you get all the support and help you can get to move forward.


Reply Posted by TheGuardian on Wednesday November 27 2013 at 20:33
Don't start messing with heroin in the 1st place then, you brain-donors. Thick as a whale omlette

Reply Posted by LOL on Thursday November 28 2013 at 08:51
SHE MAY BE A TRAINEE BUTCHER.

Reply Posted by reknaw on Thursday November 28 2013 at 11:02
Nice 1 lol dont know wi da gets em from.

Reply Posted by LOL on Thursday November 28 2013 at 13:25
I SURPRISE MYSELF SOMETIMES.