Woman passed Peacocks store barriers with stolen clothes stuffed down coat

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A woman who went on a shopping theft spree in Halifax town centre appeared at Calderdale Magistrates’ Court.

Paula Paskey, 34, of New Road, Halifax, was caught with a bundle of clothing stuffed down her coat jacket as she walked past store security barriers when attempting to make off from Peacocks, Woolshops.

Tagged clothing fell from her jacket and Paskey said “it wasn’t me,” prosecutor Lisa Evans told the court.

Peacocks’ retail staff called for Woolshops security staff but the defendant fled.

Paskey was found shortly after and was escorted back to the store.

Police arrived and searched her where stolen items from Peacocks, Evans and Miss Guide with a total retail value of £108 were found on the defendant.

At the police station, police found cannabis on Paskey, who suffers from alcoholism, defence Tracey Roberts told magistrates.

Paskey, who admitted theft, was given an 18-month community order, including a 15-month supervision order and a 15-month drug rehabilitation order.

She was ordered to pay £85 costs and £60 victim surcharge.