Serial shoplifter faces ban from town centre

Sally Haywood, of Scorton Avenue, Layton.
Sally Haywood, of Scorton Avenue, Layton.

A SERIAL shoplifter who has left staff living in fear could be banned from Blackpool town centre.

Sally Haywood has committed a catalogue of offences – and allegedly once stabbed a British Home Stores (BHS) worker with a hypodermic needle.

Now, in a bid to protect shop staff and the public from her abusive behaviour, Blackpool Council is bidding to have her banned from the resort centre with a criminal Asbo (Crasbo).

And at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court, PCSO Christopher Kay described how the 36-year-old’s actions had left some staff fearful of going into work.

He told the court: “The defendant has had a deep impact on the town centre of Blackpool. She is the one person people are scared of because of her bad behaviour, it is very deep rooted in all of the stores.

“We have tried to deter her but nothing has happened.

“There is fear and apprehension, people are losing faith.

“She gets locked up for shop-lifting and then is back again the following day doing the same thing.

“It has had such an effect that some staff don’t want to go to work.”

Steve Burns, prosecuting, said banning Haywood, of Scorton Avenue, Layton, from the town centre would curb her behaviour and they wanted to ban her from possessing needles in public - something she has allegedly had on her several times.

Mr Burns added: “The area has a Shopwatch group formed by traders.

“They made her the subject of a banning order from their member shops and stores but she took no notice and clearly comes into the area to shoplift, indeed, in one police interview she said she was shoplifting to order.”

Steven Duffy, defending, pointed out PCSO Kay had never personally arrested Haywood and the incident in BHS had happened before he joined Lancashire Police.

The case was adjourned until January 11.

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