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Notorious Barnsley Shoplifter Faces Another Prison Term

Wednesday April 17 2013

Barnsley Magistrates' Court Barnsley Magistrates' Court

ONE of Barnsley's most notorious shoplifters has been given until May 24 to behave herself.

Sentencing of Patricia Siddall, 46, who has committed more than 80 shop thefts and is facing 54 weeks in prison, was adjourned until that date when she made her latest appearance at Barnsley Magistrates' Court.

If Siddall, of Darfield, keeps out of trouble, the prison sentence may be suspended.

Philip Howard, defending, said Siddall had been jailed so many times that it no longer frightened her. He said she had served six prison sentences since 2011.

"I was aghast when I saw how many prison sentences she had had since 2011," he said. "She has had a troubled life and has been addicted to drugs for many years. She also has a compulsion to go shoplifting."

"Since being given her last suspended jail sentence last month, she has received help and feels her offending will stop in due course."

Siddall's latest appearance comes as she stole nine cans of deodorant.

Tom Neofytou, prosecuting, said Siddall, who admitted shoplifting, was going to sell what she stole to buy heroin and crack.

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Reply Posted by anon on Wednesday April 17 2013 at 14:23
Make prison tough instead of the easy luxury life they have inside !! Am sure if thing's are taken away and sentences more tough they would think twice .

Reply Posted by june on Wednesday April 17 2013 at 17:01
i agree with you about making it tough . no computers tv games board etc just hard labour for them and basic living earn there food.

Reply Posted by stevo on Thursday April 18 2013 at 16:10
unfortunately changes in prison will never happen in my lifetime.
Far too politically correct, Health and Safety and namby pamby human rights legislation have put paid to that.
Get em out in any weather doing manual labour, maybe that would be the only deterrent.
Same goes for community service, cutting grayeyard grass is hardly a punishment is it!

Reply Posted by kit on Wednesday April 17 2013 at 14:39
How many chances do these people get? Might go out n shoplift some bits myself, pick up a few essentials ya know!! Don't know about making prisons more firm, we got to get them in the place first. Australia is looking more and more tempting everyday. Hate this country, its a joke. The laws and benefit system makes us a laughing stock :(

Reply Posted by lottie on Wednesday April 17 2013 at 14:52
her mug on here would make everybody who to be aware of, i work in a supermarket myself, and have our fair share of shoplifters

Reply Posted by Steve on Wednesday April 17 2013 at 14:55
What a joke !!
They'll be paying her as a security guard next

Reply Posted by Alan on Wednesday April 17 2013 at 16:09
80 offences and still walks free. Some places do have pictures of this kind of person up. Its the public that also need to see them. So they can hold on to their purse etc. Prison not good enough, should be hung when found guilty!

Reply Posted by andy s on Wednesday April 17 2013 at 17:34
tattooed on the forehead is the answer

Reply Posted by bigbaps on Thursday April 18 2013 at 10:55
Next time ya fancy a shopping spree can get me a new iron & an ipad.. If ya gonna keep walking away scott free then ya mineswell set up shop!