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Prolific Shoplifter Jailed At 70th Court Appearance

Monday November 18 2013

Barnsley Magistrates' Court Barnsley Magistrates' Court

ONE of the town's most prolific shoplifters, making her 70th appearance at Barnsley Magistrates' Court, has been jailed for 48 weeks.

Patricia Helen Siddall, 46, was jailed after being accused of being defeated by her battle with heroin addiction.

District Judge John Foster said: "You appear to have lost the battle with drugs and you're ambivalent about dealing with the problem.

"It's your life and you have chosen to live it. People who continue to behave dishonestly have to be punished. You have an appalling criminal record.

"Courts always seriously consider how to deal with people with drug problems. It's quite clear courts have given you opportunities including conditional discharges, community orders and suspended prison sentences."

Philip Howard, defending, said Siddall, of Malham Court, Barnsley, had spent as much time in prison as she had outside over the last 30 years.

He urged Mr Foster to give her a daytime curfew to stop her stealing from shops.

Mr Howard said: "I cannot get around the fact that she is a prolific offender. She has been sent to prison seven times in the last 18 months.

"She is intelligent but has a deep-seated heroin addiction. People who know she has difficulties with shoplifting prevail on her to commit offences to help them and so she can get money to buy drugs.

"The cycle of committing crime because of her drug addiction, going to prison, coming out and committing more offences must be broken."

Joanne Lewis-Crooks, prosecuting, said Siddall was caught stealing at Wilkinson because she was recognised by a member of staff.

Other thefts at Boots were caught on closed circuit television. Siddall admitted three thefts.

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Reply Posted by Mike on Monday November 18 2013 at 12:05
Good, another smack head off the street...

Reply Posted by LOL on Monday November 18 2013 at 13:20

Reply Posted by Sid on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 08:37
or put her in a straight jacket

Reply Posted by Caz on Monday November 18 2013 at 12:10
This is why they should bring back the death sentence!!

Reply Posted by Barnsley truth on Thursday November 21 2013 at 06:57
That escalated quickly

Reply Posted by Sally on Monday November 18 2013 at 12:18
@Caz - a tad excessive perhaps?

(Awaits the 'lock her up and throw away the key brigade').

Reply Posted by christine kilkenny on Monday November 18 2013 at 12:43
Sally@ lock her up and throw the key away the drugged up thieve

Reply Posted by Frank on Monday November 18 2013 at 12:19
A little harsh caz, she needs rehabilitating

Reply Posted by Gill on Monday November 18 2013 at 12:21
prison is obviously not a deterrent to some people... its just another holiday to some ... prisons are far too soft and people know that....

Reply Posted by Mick on Monday November 18 2013 at 12:24
7 prison sentences in 18 months means they weren't very long. Needs longer sentences & drug treatment in prison. No getting out until totally clean & no treatment with methadone which isn't actually tackling the addiction.

Reply Posted by LOL on Monday November 18 2013 at 13:14

Reply Posted by Sally on Monday November 18 2013 at 12:50
@christine kilkenny - I think the word you are looking for is 'thief'

Please don't be ashamed about your literacy issues.

Reply Posted by j on Monday November 18 2013 at 13:34
Only do it again wot a joke

Reply Posted by Tom on Monday November 18 2013 at 14:11
If we supplied registered addicts with heroin at the cost price of production we would be able to achieve many positive things.
We could reduce acquisitive crimes, as the addiciton would now be a few pounds a week, rather than tens to hundreds of pounds.
We could ensure a relatively safe supply (no adulterants).
We could get people onto rehabilitation programs much more easily.
We would destroy the blackmarket.
We would reduce the amount of new users (evidence shows where addiction is treated as a health problem, the number of new people becoming users falls).

The current war on drugs is a massive failure.

We need to reduce harm and reduce crime. The best way to do this is to control the supply and sell it at cost price or even give it away for free.

We already grow and produce heroin in the UK down in Didcot.

We have the ability to reduce harm and crime, yet we don't.

Reply Posted by Fred on Monday November 18 2013 at 21:43
Tom for prime minster! I've been saying this for years. Just think about the cost of crime , the man hours wasted by police etc, all this could be spent on something productive !!

Reply Posted by LOL on Monday November 18 2013 at 14:29

Reply Posted by carl on Monday November 18 2013 at 14:40
Tom,I agree with a lot of what you are saying but what about people addicted to crack? Surely you wouldn't suggest giving that out? I know addiction well my friend and whatever the amount is,that's to be given to addicts,it would have to be safe, Heroin users chase the high, a 'safe' administered dose wouldn't be enough,they'd still steal for more thus defeating the purpose.

Reply Posted by Kate on Monday November 18 2013 at 14:43
Really Caz?? The death sentence for shop lifting?! Glad you're not in charge!

Reply Posted by Tony on Monday November 18 2013 at 14:45
Its her elderly mum i feel sorry for. I know the family, all who have always been hardworking, honest people. Her mum & the family's tried everything to help her. Thisonly proves that you dont have to come from a chaotic, broken home to be drawn into the drug culture, so before anyone passes judgement (not that your qualified to do so), just hope this horrible situation does not befall your kids or grandkids !

Reply Posted by bea smith on Monday November 18 2013 at 17:55
send her to wentworth.
cell block h.

Reply Posted by spike wilson on Monday November 18 2013 at 18:19
Tony. My kids were brought up properly. Dont go on about the parents doing everything. If they did she wouldn't be a smack head. My kids dont do it. Guess why I brought them up right.

Reply Posted by lynda on Monday November 18 2013 at 18:37
i went to school with this girl and she got in with the wrong crowd, DEATH PENALTY what a stupid thing to say PILLOCK.
you can not blame all this on parents its a case of look who she was hanging roung with or whats happened in her life for her to feel the need to block things out with drugs.

Reply Posted by kkk on Monday November 18 2013 at 18:39
story of my life..".wrong crowd"..get a grip don,t blame it on anybody else.if you want to be any help to the lass...get her help she needs,not sob stories..

Reply Posted by Michelle on Monday November 18 2013 at 18:55
I also went to school with Pat and she came from a good well to do hardworking family. Drugs don't pick and choose who they want to take, they just take and then ruin lives. Spike lets hope one of yours never falls foul to drugs, you can never say never.

Reply Posted by lauren on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 00:05
Death penalty for stealin hmmmm let's hope u never ever be ome a judge

Reply Posted by me on Wednesday November 20 2013 at 12:43
let her off cos shil only do it again. perhaps the courts can give her some free supermarket vouchers or sumat. then she wudnt steal has much.problem solved.

Reply Posted by rita on Wednesday November 20 2013 at 12:46
The only person to blame for this is the person in question she could have said no to drugs and the only person that can deal with her addiction is herself you can only help them if they really want the help

Reply Posted by eyup on Wednesday November 20 2013 at 15:36
What a waste of space..and to use your addiction to smack as an excuse is wank, get her in a padded room on her own for six months until her habbit is good and gone..or buy her a fat sack n let her end it!!

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Wednesday November 20 2013 at 17:58
Heroin addiction is a blight on our society and our town in general suffers because of the heroin addicts who go out to steal and burgle just to feed their addictions.

Society panders to them by giving them methadone to "get off" heroin, but alas methadone is just as addictive as heroin itself.

Radical idea, but why not save everyone the misery of the never ending cycle by making them go cold turkey without methadone?

Perhaps then they would change their tune about being addicted to heroin / methadone.

Reply Posted by wendy on Thursday November 21 2013 at 08:57
Yes you must be sent to jail and pay for your crimes like anyone else, but the failure is after care, what happens when you come out of jail is that you meet up with your druggie friends and it starts all over again, what is needed is a rehab center miles away from your town where you can get therapy and find out why you take drugs. This would give you the oppertunity to make new normal working friends and see what real life can be like, I have been heroin free for 14 years! that is all, thankyou lol