Sutton mum threatened shop works with violence

A SUTTON mum threatened a pair of shop workers with violence just 15 minutes after being charged with an earlier shoplifting offence by police.

Staff at Home Bargains in the town called police on 1st May when Lisa Young (30) became aggressive in the store after being suspected of stealing.

Officers recovered £28 worth of cosmetics taken from inside the store when they searched her outside.

Young, of Glen Street, admitted two charges of theft and one of threatening behaviour before Mansfield magistrates on Thursday.

Prosecutor Neil Hollett told magistrates the mother-of-two left the police interview at 1pm but at 1.15pm went into the Saver store on Westgate, Mansfield, where she threatened staff who she felt were watching her.

Mr Hollett said: “She was on her phone and heard to say ‘if she does not stop watching me I am going to wrap this basket round her head’.”

Young was spoken to by the store manager who asked her to pay and leave but she refused and threw three packs of waxing cream at her while threatening to ‘smash her face in’.

She then told the security guard called to the scene her boyfriend would ‘knock (his) head off’ if he had been there.

Mr Hollett said the store manager had been affected by the incident and was worried that Young would approach her after work.

She initially denied the incident in the police interview afterwards then made a full admission.

The prosecution revealed how the Sutton woman had also stolen a padlock from B&Q worth £11 while on bail on 16th August which she later admitted to police.

Abbey Edwards, in mitigation, said Young had struggled with a heroin addiction for many years but was now on a Methadone prescription, in stable accommodation and had frequent contact with her two young children.

Magistrates gave her 180 days in custody suspended for 12 months and reduced to 150 days with her two guilty pleas taken into consideration. She was ordered to undertake 12 months supervision with a Thinking Skills programme.

She was given a restraining order to protect the two shop workers and made to pay them each £50 compensation.