A prolific shoplifter who threatened security staff with a dirty syringe has been sent to jail. Jolene Laing appeared at Leicester Crown Court1 yesterday and was jailed for two years. The 38-year-old had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to seven counts of theft, battery, common assault, racially or religiously aggravated public order and two public order offences.
The force said Laing, of no fixed address, threatened security staff with a used syringe when they challenged her.
Police released this custody image of Laing (Image: Leicestershire Police)
Pc Mike Green, beat officer for Loughborough town centre, said: We are pleased with this conviction.
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It demonstrates our commitment to tackling crimes that impact our towns and have a knock-on effect on businesses.
Laing is a prolific shoplifter who has continued to commit offences.
On one occasion she threatened staff and security with a dirty syringe after they challenged her and subjected them to abuse.
She has been known locally to be hostile towards officers and the local business community.
We hope this conviction and sentence goes some way to helping her mend her ways.
LAS VEGAS (AP) Las Vegas is posting snipers and surrounding tens of thousands of runners with other safety measures at a weekend marathon, the first large-scale outdoor event since a gunman killed 58 people at a country music festival. Police have beefed up security and tweaked their original safety plan for the annual event that starts on the Las Vegas Strip . Some participants say they will be running Sunday to stand up to evil .
About 350 officers will be working to protect the runners as they pass by world-famous high-rise casino-hotels and the crime scene. “We’ve made a few changes, some subtle things,” Capt . Andrew Walsh said. “Obviously, the threat of a sniper attack is something that we know can happen . So, we added some counter-sniper surveillance posts along the route.” A high-stakes gambler and real estate investor killed 58 people and injured hundreds more on Oct .
1 after shattering the windows of his hotel suite and unleashing gunfire on the Route 91 Harvest music festival below . From the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay casino-hotel, Stephen Paddock had an unobstructed view to rain bullets on the crowd, who had few places to hide.
The police helicopter unit will be circling throughout the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, set to begin just before sunset Sunday . Police also will have bomb-sniffing dogs. Semi-trucks, dump trucks, buses and other large city vehicles will be positioned at key intersections to try to prevent anyone from driving onto the course, Walsh said, following recent attacks in the U.S . and abroad in which vehicles have plowed into crowds.
He acknowledged that the event presents a huge challenge to police and encouraged casino employees, visitors and others to alert authorities of anything suspicious . Security checkpoints will be set up for the Sunday races a marathon, half marathon and 10K and a Saturday 5K and concert. “With all the things that we’ve seen happen in the world, whether it’s in Texas at a church, whether it is in New York City on a bike path, or whether it’s here at a concert, the vulnerabilities that exist and try to predict and prevent each and every one of those is a tremendous challenge,” Walsh said.
Organizers moved events away from the scene of the massacre . The concert, typically held at the outdoor venue where the shooting took place, was shifted miles north, across from the SLS hotel. The start of the marathon, usually outside Mandalay Bay, was moved a mile north to the front of the New York-New York casino-hotel .
The race has always featured live bands every mile, but on Sunday, the first 2 miles when runners will go by the crime scene twice will be silent. Spokesman Dan Cruz said that will serve as an extended moment of silence. “Running the marathon symbolizes miles of grit, determination; these are driven athletes, who know all about adversity,” he said. “So, for them, it’s the perfect event to help Las Vegas bounce back.”
Cruz said less than 50 people canceled, transferred or deferred their participation, and people still registered after the shooting. Judy Mace is among the 24,000 people who will run the half marathon . As she picked up her race package Thursday at a convention center, the Orlando, Florida, resident said she never considered canceling and is not concerned about her safety.
“After going through the Pulse shooting in Orlando, you just get angry,” said Mace, 68. “They’re not going to do this to us . We will not back down . People asked me in Orlando, ‘Why are you going ?
It’s probably dangerous.’ I said ‘No . I’m fine.'” ___
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Former Commonwealth boxing champ Nicky Booth punched Waitrose security guard who caught him stealing coffee
A boxing champion who once fought for a world title has appeared in court after he lashed out at a security guard who caught him stealing tins of coffee worth just 16. Nicky Booth was ordered to pay 100 compensation to the guard who had caught him stealing from Waitrose in Milton Street, Nottingham city centre. Booth, 37, once held the Commonwealth and British boxing1 titles as a bantamweight.
He even challenged for the IBO world title in 2001, but was stopped in seven rounds by Jose Sanjuanelo at Wembley Conference Centre.
On May 4 this year Booth, who lives in Hucknall, visited Nottingham after staying with relatives and going ‘cold turkey’ in a bid to beat drugs. He went to the Waitrose store and stole three tins of coffee worth 15.66, said Lee Shepherd, prosecuting at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court3 on Wednesday November 8.
Nicky Booth boxing at Harvey Hadden in 2003
Booth then returned to the store later that day and tried to get away with four tins of coffee worth 16.72, but was spotted. Mr Shepherd said: “The security guard tried to detain him and he was punched to the jaw . After being arrested, Mr Booth was apologetic for his actions.”
Defence solicitor Chris Saunders told the court: “He comes across as a frail character nowadays . You can see he has trouble getting his words out correctly.
“You have seen he is almost shuffling when he comes into court .
He has been out of trouble for ten years and the problem is Class A drugs . When I spoke to him, he said ‘I need some help.’
“At the moment, he has various illnesses . His immune system is currently attacking his antibodies.”
When the assault took place, Booth was with a former partner who was pregnant.
Mr Saunders added: “It was in effect a warning strike.”
Nicky Booth boxing at Harvey Hadden Stadium in 2002
He must pay 85 prosecution costs, an identical amount as a government tax, and 15.66 to Waitrose, on top of the compensation. He must also complete a six-month drug rehabilitation course.
Deputy District Judge Richard Marshall told him: “You have been out of trouble for some time but you have obviously got yourself into trouble with drugs.”
In 2003 Booth lost a WBU title fight at Harvey Hadden Stadium against Nathan Sting, and never boxed professionally again. He retired with a record of 17 wins from 23 fights, but was later jailed for drug offences.