‘One woman crimewave’ banned from town centre

Sally Haywood, of Scorton Avenue, Layton, admitted two offences of shoplifting. She has been jailed for 16 weeks
Sally Haywood, of Scorton Avenue, Layton, admitted two offences of shoplifting. She has been jailed for 16 weeks
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A PROLIFIC shoplifter has been banned from Blackpool’s town centre.

Sally Haywood, 36, can only travel into the middle of town for pre-booked medical appointments.

The no-go area was imposed by Blackpool Magistrates and comes on top of a decision by traders to bar her from 85 centrally-based shops.

Haywood of Scorton Avenue, Layton was made the subject of a two year criminal Asbo - dubbed a ‘Crasbo’.

The order also prevents her from offensive or intimidating behaviour which would put the public in fear.

She is third barred from carrying syringes apart from those in a sealed manufacturer’s package.

During the two day hearing magistrates heard that Haywood had 60 convictions for shoplifting.

She was also said to have attacked a member of British Homes Stores’ staff with a syringe.

She was described as a “one woman crimewave with a complete disregard for the court system” which left retail staff in fear of her.

When words went round the town centre radio security system that she was about staff would man the doors to keep her out.

The justices heard evidence from security staff employed in the town centre who had built up a dossier on Haywood’s activities.

One of them, Daniel Stewart, told the hearing: “When she comes into the town there is an assumption that she is going to shoplift.”

Coun Eddie Collett, cabinet member for community safety, said: “Sally Hayward has proved to be a danger to shop workers and other town centre staff.

“This Crasbo application, which bans her from entering the town centre, was not taken lightly and follows more than 90 incidents, 60 of which relate to thefts, in various locations including one incident which saw a shop worker stabbed.

“This despicable incident and the many others have led us to take this action.

“We are pleased that the court has supported the application and hope it will help to ensure the safety of people in the town centre and prevent further disruption.”