Criminal Behaviour Order bans shoplifter from shops in Benfleet and Canvey for two years

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 May 20 she was given a Community Behaviour Order which bans her from the following shops until May 20, 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.

PC Alex Plakhtienko, from the Business Crime Team, said: “We support businesses in our communities and know the impact shoplifting and theft can have on them.”

Essex Police recently launched a 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.

“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 support for businesses on the police website: https://www.essex.police.uk/news/essex/news/news/2021/april/essex-return-to-retail/

Mick Ferris

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