X

Cookies

Continue We want you to get the most out of using this website, which is why we and our partners use cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to receive these cookies. You can find out more about how we use cookies here.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Subscriptions  |  evouchers  |  Jobs  |  Property  |  Motors  |  Travel  |  Dating  |  Family Notices

Carlisle serial shoplifter has prison sentence cut

A SERIAL shoplifter who terrorised female staff while pilfering had his sentence cut by top judges.

Robert Walter Farren, of Raffles Avenue, Carlisle, was originally jailed for two years at Carlisle Crown Court after admitting theft and assault causing actual bodily harm in May this year.

Farren, 53, was confronted by two female shop assistants at Poundland, in Scotch Street, when he was seen acting suspiciously, London’s Appeal Court heard.

He refused to allow them to look inside his bag, and when they grabbed hold of his jacket to detain him, he wriggled out of it to escape.

One of the women, Anita Lynn, was hurt in the ensuing scuffle, said Mr Justice Holroyde, and Farren “made as if to punch” one of the women before fleeing the shop with £9 worth of cleaning products.

The judge said Farren’s criminal record made “depressing reading”, he having been sentenced on “70 occasions for 167 offences” but the goods stolen were of “modest value” and the violence used was at the lower end of the scale. The sentences were therefore cut from two years to 16 months.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE

News & Star What's On search





Vote

Are you sensing the optimism of economic recovery in Cumbria?

Yes. There seems to be something happening - more jobs on offer

No. I see no signs of growth here. Still can't make ends meet

All governments overlook Cumbria. They haven't a clue how bad it is here

Show Result

Hot jobs
Scan for our iPhone and Android apps
Search for:
NEWS & STAR ON: