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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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.
In an episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” set to air Wednesday, Jesus Campos recounts for the first time on TV the night of the shooting. Campos was wounded by Paddock on October 1, minutes before the gunman sprayed gunfire on concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest Festival from a hotel room in the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort Casino. More than two weeks after the attack, Campos said his health is improving.
“I’m doing better each day, slowly but surely . Just healing mentally and physically,” he told DeGeneres. Campos had been in the building, patrolling the halls when he was sent to check on a door on the 32nd floor . He used the stairwells to get there, but couldn’t get past a barricaded door and had to use the elevator. “There was metal bracket holding the door in place,” he said. He said he called security dispatch to report the blocked door and that’s when he heard drilling sounds.
“As I was walking down, I heard rapid fire.” Campos said. “And at first I took cover . I felt a burning sensation . I went to go lift my pant leg up and I saw the blood . That’s when I called it in on my radio that shots have been fired.” Paddock shot through the door, striking Campos in the upper right thigh. “And I was going to say that I was hit, but I got on my cell just to clear the radio traffic so they could coordinate the rest of the call.”
While hiding in a doorway, Campos alerted a hotel building engineer who was called to check on the door and a woman who came out of another room. He thanked first responders, medics and members of the community who helped everyone in need that night. “Everything puts pieces together on how everyone came together to help that night even in the darkest hour,” he said.
Campos had been scheduled to appear on several news networks last week but those interviews were canceled. “Jesus Campos wants to tell his story at a time and place of his choosing . He’s asked that everyone respect his request for privacy . We could not be more proud of Jesus,” MGM said in a statement. Campos had been hailed a hero by authorities who initially said he diverted the gunman’s attention and made him stop firing on the crowd.
The resort’s owner had disputed the times earlier provided by police but recently said Paddock was shooting at concertgoers “at the same time as, or within 40 seconds after,” Campos first reported shots.
CNN’s Keith Allen contributed to this report.
GAZA/RAMALLAH (Reuters) – Negotiators from rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Islamist group Hamas will discuss security in the Gaza Strip at unity talks in Cairo on Tuesday, including a proposal that would see Fatah security personnel deployed to Hamas-dominated territory.
The plan for 3,000 Fatah security officers to join a Gaza police force over the course of a year, part of a unity deal mediated by Egypt in 2011, would restore much of the influence of Fatah leader President Mahmoud Abbas in Gaza and further loosen Hamas grip.
The deal was never implemented.
The Western-backed mainstream Fatah party lost control of the enclave to Hamas, considered a terrorist group by the West and Israel, in fighting in 2007 .
The loss damaged Abbas credibility in the eyes of the West and Israel, after years of being their main Palestinian diplomatic counterpart.
But under Egypt s mediation, major steps have been made towards narrowing rifts since Hamas handed administrative powers in Gaza to a Fatah-backed government last month.
The move was a major reversal for Hamas and was partially prompted by the group s fears of potential financial and political isolation after its main donor Qatar suffered a major diplomatic crisis with key allies.
The sides will discuss the security issue, especially in Gaza, in the way that serves the home front, enforces the rule of law in a professional and national way and is not factional, said Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum.
The deal would see Hamas, which has the most powerful armed Palestinian faction with an estimated 25,000 well-equipped fighters who have fought three wars with Israel since 2008.
The issue of arms of resistance is not up for discussion, Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri told Reuters .
Israel s enmity with Hamas means greater unity with Fatah is unlikely to help any future efforts for a peace deal with Israel.
But both sides hope that the deal s proposed deployment of security personnel from the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority to Gaza s borders will encourage Egypt and Israel to ease their tight restrictions at border crossings, a badly needed step to help Gaza revive its economy and improve the living standards of its two million residents.
Officials said that apart from the implementation of the 2011 agreement and security, the Cairo talks would also cover issues such as setting a date for presidential and legislative elections and reforming the Palestine Liberation Organization, which is in charge of long-stalled peace efforts with Israel.
What happened in the past days is something like a declaration of principles while the two sides have postponed final status issues to the talks in Cairo, said Gaza political analyst Akram Attallah.
Abbas has pledged there would be one authority, one law, one administration, one weapon in the Gaza Strip, a statement seeming to challenge Hamas continued security dominance.
But Tayseer Nasrallah, a member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council, told Reuters: There are difficult challenges and it will take time to overcome them.
Outstanding issues include the fate of 40,000 to 50,000 employees hired by Hamas over the past 10 years and its demand Abbas lift economic sanctions he imposed in recent months to try to pressure the group to compromise.
Writing by Nidal Almughrabi; Editing by Jeffrey Heller and Raissa Kasolowsky