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Serial shoplifter in Spalding jailed for six months




A serial shoplifter who stole goods from seven stores in Spalding over a five-month period has been jailed for a total of six months.

Aron Findley John Duff (33), of Queens Road, Spalding, admitted to 11 different charges, including thefts from Aldi, Heron Foods, Tesco and Beales Department Store, between January 18 and May 4 this year.

Beales Department Store, Market Place, Spalding. Photo by Tim Wilson. Photo: SG160713-233TW. (2155644)
Beales Department Store, Market Place, Spalding. Photo by Tim Wilson. Photo: SG160713-233TW. (2155644)

Duff was also sentenced at Lincoln Magistrates Court last Monday in relation to two counts of possessing drugs, both of which dated back to December 2017.

Lincoln Magistrates' Court (2155702)
Lincoln Magistrates' Court (2155702)

Half of the jail term related to Duff having pleaded guilty to assaulting another man in Spalding on March 12.

Inspector Gareth Boxall, neighbourhood policing inspector for South Holland, said: "I welcome this prison sentence as it sends a clear message that crime does not pay.

Inspector Gareth Boxall, neighbourhood policing inspector for South Holland. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG190517-200TW. (2155916)
Inspector Gareth Boxall, neighbourhood policing inspector for South Holland. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG190517-200TW. (2155916)

Inspector Gareth Boxall, neighbourhood policing inspector for South Holland, said: "I welcome this prison sentence as it sends a clear message that crime does not pay.

"Shop theft is often dismissed as a minor crime but, in reality, it has an impact on the staff who work in the shops who have to face the offenders.

"It also damages the livelihoods of small businesses and their staff.

"However, prison is only one of the ways of reducing offending, especially in terms of shoplifting, and we are committed to addressing the causes of all crime, working hard with our partners to do this.”

In addition to the jail term, Duff was ordered to pay total costs and compensation of £210.50.

Stuart Brotherton, coordinator of Shopwatch Spalding and Holbeach, said: "This is a positive result as Duff is a repeat offender and this sentence does offer some respite for our shops at least for a while, at least.

"Duff will, of course, only serve a fraction of the sentence and that is why I am keen to see courts handing out community payback as an alternative to short-term prison sentencing which, I am sure, would be better received by the victims."



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