Angry Grimsby mum abused Asda security guard

A MUM-of-two told an Asda security guard to “go home you dirty foreigner” during an angry confrontation after she was caught shoplifting, a court heard.

Donna Taylor, 35, of Wellington Street, Grimsby, pleaded guilty to theft and racially aggravated harassment when she appeared at Grimsby Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard Taylor was caught trying to steal £91 worth of children’s clothing from Grimsby’s Asda superstore on April 5 by avoiding paying at the self-service checkouts.

Rebecca Dolby, prosecuting, said Taylor became aggressive when approached by staff and racially abused security guard Jack Richardson, before later being arrested.

“She was arrested and interviewed and said she had drunk four bottles of lager, she was shown CCTV and accepted her actions,” said Miss Dolby.

“She described her own behaviour as disgusting and said she was ashamed of herself.”

Taylor committed the offences whilst on a conditional discharge from June 25 last year for shoplifting.

The court heard Taylor had sent a letter of apology to Mr Richardson since the incident.

Defending, Graham Ives said Taylor, a mother of two children aged 14 and 15, remembered little about the incident because of the alcohol she had drunk and medication she was taking.

“She remembers going into Asda but cannot remember much about the theft, but having seen CCTV footage she accepted her actions,” he said.

“She has no recollection of making the comment to the security guard but accepted she must have done.

“She has since said she is absolutely mortified by her actions and those are not beliefs she holds.

“She is not a lady who presents herself as being a racist in any way.

“There were no threats of violence during the exchange.”

The magistrates adjourned the sentencing of the case for a report from the Probation Service until next month, but ruled out a custodial sentence.

Taylor was bailed until the sentencing on the condition that she does not enter any Asda store within North East Lincolnshire.

Grimsby Telegraph