A THIEF has appeared in court after stealing cider, sweets and more from shops in Herefordshire.

Jessica Hardey entered guilty pleas to three counts of theft from a shop, two counts of criminal damage to property under £5,000, one count of possessing a controlled class B drug, and one count of assault by beating of an emergency worker when she appeared before magistrates last month.

Hereford Magistrates’ Court heard from prosecutor Camila Toscano that the 32-year-old, who was represented at the hearing by defence solicitor George Cousins, had stolen alcohol and confectionary worth at least £50 from Ross-on-Wye’s Spar and Aldi shops on three different occasions between March 23 and April 1.

She also damaged 22 mobile phone cases belonging to the Phone Box shop in the town on April 2.

On the same day, she assaulted a police officer and caused damage to a police cell intercom at Hereford Police Station.


She was found to be in possession of cannabis.

Hardey, of Gloucester Road, Ross-on-Wye, will be sentenced in August, as the hearing was deferred.

She must co-operate with the probation service and adhere to a current community order in place for the defendant.