Woman stole children’s clothes to fund drug addiction for 20 years

A Bridlington woman stole £260 worth of baby clothes, coffee and wine from grocery stores to fund her cocaine addiction.

Belinda Hampson, 38, also failed to comply with a community order issued to her after several offenses, including assault on an emergency worker, robbery, and failure to attend a court hearing.

Hull Magistrates’ Court heard how a police officer once punched her after questioning her about some toilet paper that was in her mouth.

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Hampson, of Headlands Close, Bridlington, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft and non-compliance with a community order in Hull Magistrates Court.

On June 19, 2021, Attorney General Kelsey Sandilands told the court that Hampson entered Bridlington’s One-Stop Shop with a “bag for life.”

She then put bottles of £100 worth of wine into the carrier and hid them under her coat and went out.

On Thursday, January 6, Hampson went to Morrison’s store in Bridlington and took £160 worth of baby clothes and coffee and tried to get out without paying.

However, the store gate alarms went off and security stopped her and took her from her.

Ms Sandilands told the court that Hampson had 14 previous convictions for 21 offences.

Hampson failed to comply with an earlier community order, of the 15 appointments she was required to attend, only seven of which she attended.

The order was issued in connection with a violation on March 12, 2020, when I assaulted an emergency worker.

“The police were talking to her about a drug crime, she had something in her mouth and she was acting very anxious,” Ms Sandilands said.

“She was told to spit out what was in her mouth, and when she did, it turned out to be something from toilet roll. She told the officer ‘f**k off stupid s**g’, then punched her with a clenched fist.”

Watering down, Danny Joyce told the court that Hampson has a number of mental and physical problems. She has made progress in stopping her regularly abused heroin, but she still has a cocaine problem.

He told the court that the reason for her theft was to fund her addiction to cocaine, which she had been using since she was 15.

Because she was offended again during an order from the community, District Judge Mark Daley sentenced her to past crimes as well.

Judge Daly sentenced her to 17 weeks in prison and ordered her to pay £128 in court fees.

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