Anti-social crimes land one-woman crime wave in jail
HARASSING charity shop staff, assaulting a police officer and a string of other crimes means a woman whose anti-social actions blighted a neighbourhood has been jailed for six months.
Jacqueline Ann Shields is behind bars after admitting eight crimes.
Shields, who gave a quiet cul-de-sac in Gloucester a bad name after making hundreds of hoax 999 calls, was sentenced to 26 weeks in jail.
Stroud Magistrates' Court heard that she admitted committing eight crimes between June 21 and September 11.
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They ranged from stealing a cardigan from a charity shop, a magazine and a can of Special Brew lager, to three assaults and sustained harassment of staff and customers at the Emmaus charity shop in the city.
She also assaulted a woman police officer and a detention officer in separate attacks just four days apart.
Known as Jackie, the 47-year-old, of Eastern Avenue, made 514 hoax or inappropriate calls to police and 434 to the ambulance service over a six month period during 2011.
Because of her phone calls, residents in nearby Fairford Way, Coney Hill were furious when 64 of those calls caused it to be ranked as one of the worst streets to live in the country on a national crime map last year. It was later changed. She was convicted on October 3.
Following the case, PC Alistair Hill, of Gloucestershire Constabulary, said yesterday: "This conviction is the result of close working between police, mental health services, probation and Gloucester City Housing. Jackie Shields is someone who has affected the quality of life for people and businesses in her community and we're glad they will now get some respite.
"We will continue to work with other agencies to reduce Jackie's offending."
At a hearing on September 12, she admitted or indicated a guilty plea to assaulting Tracy Rose on July 16, assaulting PC McGarry on September 11, harassing Emmaus staff between July 16 and August 25, assaulting detention officer Cassie Lewis on September 7, stealing a magazine from Lidl and assaulting Steven Jenkins on September 6, assaulting Tracy Rose on July 16, theft of a can of Special Brew on June 21 and a cardigan on September 11.