Shoplifter banned from shops bar one Tesco jailed for ‘stealing Greggs sandwich’

A woman banned from almost every shop in England has been jailed after allegedly stealing a £6.60 Greggs sandwich.

On November 19 a Crown Court judge banned Anna Burns, 33, from entering any English retail premises – except one Tesco Metro and one NHS pharmacy – after she went on a shoplifting spree, stealing from six different shops.

She was also ordered to live and sleep at the same property and to co-operate with probation officers.

But on Friday she allegedly ignored the ban and stole items from a number of shops in Swindon town centre, authorities claim.

Her haul is said to have included products from Lush, food from Caffe Nero and Polish market Delikatesy Smaczek and a £6.60 sandwich from Greggs.

On Saturday at Swindon Magistrates' Court, Burns denied the four counts of shoplifting. She said she'd taken too many sleeping pills on the day of her alleged offending and has no memory of stealing anything.

She has been remanded in custody until her trial on December 23.

In early November Burns appeared before the Crown Court for sentencing after another stealing spree, in which she took mascara from Boots, two watches from Argos, £72 worth of clothing from Mothercare and £55.40 worth of food and drink from Costa Coffee.

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After claiming to be ill at sentencing, Judge Peter Crabtree bailed her and ordered her to go to the NHS walk-in centre near the court building.

On November 16 she appeared in the dock at Swindon Magistrates' Court where she pleaded guilty to stealing £307 worth of goods from Marks and Spencer's and £40 worth of items from Sainsbury's.

She has failed to show up for about a dozen other court appearances.

Burns is due to appear in Swindon Crown Court this Friday in front of Judge Peter Crabtree for sentencing on unrelated charges.

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