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Prolific shoplifter who targeted stores across Preston city centre is jailed

Posted on - 23rd April, 2024 - 12:28pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Preston City Centre, Preston News
Victoria Heaton Pic: Preston Police

A Preston woman has been jailed for 10 months for a string of shoplifting offences.

Victoria Heaton, 47, of Lancaster Road North was arrested and charged last week with shoplifting from ten stores in and around Preston city centre.

She pleaded guilty to the charges during an appearance at Preston Magistrates’ Court on Friday 19 April.

Read more: Preston police crackdown on drugs with several arrests in the city

As well as a prison sentence of 44 weeks Heaton has also been given a criminal behaviour order (CBO).

The order includes not entering Fishergate, Friargate, St George’s Shopping Centre or Market Place and not to use threatening, abusive, or intimidating language or behaviour towards any shop employee or security staff member.

Read more: Man charged after four Preston shops hit in half an hour

Inspector Dave Byrne from Preston Police said: “We understand the impact that anti-social behaviour and theft has on our communities and businesses.

“This result shows is that we will pursue offenders and robustly apply for orders which manage and prevent any future offending.

“Securing this CBO would not have been possible without the support of the public and the businesses in Preston City Centre and we will continue to work closely with them.”

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