Canvey Island and Benfleet: Shoplifter given CBO
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A shoplifter who abused shop staff has been banned from entering a number shops in Benfleet and Canvey Island.
Sadie Griffiths was had been given a community order after being convicted of thefts at shops in the two towns in April this year.
As well as stealing from the shops, Griffiths, 26, of Merrivale, Benfleet, had also abused staff.
At Basildon Magistrates' Court on Thursday 20 May she was given a Community Behaviour Order which bans her from the following shops until 20 May 2023:
• Sainsbury’s in High Road, Benfleet;
• Co-op in High Road, Benfleet;
• Co-op in Kiln Road, Benfleet;
• Co-op in Canvey Road, Canvey Island.
Laura Wiggins, Store Manager of the Sainsbury’s in High Road, Benfleet said:
“We are delighted at the result of the court case and in particular the support from the business crime team in obtaining a criminal behaviour order preventing the suspect from entering the store and abusing employees of Sainsburys.”
PC Alex Plakhtienko, from the Business Crime Team, said:
“We support businesses in our communities across Essex and know the impact shoplifting and theft can have on them.
“We work alongside businesses to help protect them from crime and deal with issues they face.
“It’s just another way we’re protecting and serving Essex.”
We recently launched our new ‘Open for Business, Closed for Crime’ campaign to tackle violence and abuse against staff.
PC Plakhtienko added:
“We are aware retail staff have been suffering violence and abuse, which is unacceptable at any time but especially during the pandemic when so many of them have been serving us throughout.
“Through Open for Business Closed for Crime, we are working with businesses, encouraging them to report incidents to us. And, if you are a retail worker who is assaulted or abused by a customer whilst at work, please also report it.
“It’s going to be busy for retail now so it’s a good time for us all to give a clear message to potential offenders that assaults on and abuse of public-facing staff will not be tolerated.”
You can read more about our support for businesses on our website: https://www.essex.police.uk/news/essex/news/news/2021/april/essex-return-to-retail/