Man banned from store over threats

A MIRFIELD man has been banned from a Co-op store after he threatened a member of staff, saying that he would be waiting for her when she finished work. 

Shaun Hudson, 41, of Oliver Gardens, Mirfield, who has a history of shoplifting, became upset when he was allegedly labelled a ‘smackhead’ by a supermarket worker.

Kirklees Magistrates’ Court heard that staff members at the Huddersfield Road store were well aware of Hudson, who had been banned verbally from entering the store.

Prosecutor Bill Astin told the court: “He’s a prolific shoplifter and was recognised by staff and told he was banned.

“The defendant said to one member of staff: ‘It’s that gobby cow isn’t it? Just you wait until you get out of the store tonight – I’ll be waiting for you’.

“That caused her considerable upset and police were called.”

Paul Blanchard, mitigating, said Hudson was upset by the comments made to him.

He had previous convictions and had taken drugs but now had his life back on track.

Hudson pleaded guilty to causing harassment, alarm or distress by using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour.

He was given a conditional discharge but was banned from the store for three years.

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