Extra six months in jail for Hemel woman who was already behind bars - thanks to a CCTV appeal

She was already serving a six-month sentence for a previous theft

By Laura Hutchinson
Friday, 4th February 2022, 5:10 pm
Police had put out a CCTV appeal
Police had put out a CCTV appeal

A woman who was already behind bars for theft has had her prison sentence extended after a CCTV appeal.

Tamara Gayford, 49 from Hemel Hempstead, was already serving a six-month sentence at HMP Peterborough for a previous theft offence.

A CCTV appeal was issued by Hertfordshire Constabulary after a woman had her handbag stolen whilst shopping in the Tesco store in the Brookfield Centre, Cheshunt.

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And thanks to information from members of the public, Gayford was identified as the culprit.

PC Andy Wise, from the Offender Management Unit, said: “Gayford targeted an elderly, vulnerable woman in her 80s, stealing her handbag from her before attempting to use her bank card several times. She now has to serve an additional six months in prison.

"I hope she uses this time to reflect on her actions, and the distress that she has caused her vulnerable victims.

“This case is a perfect example of why it’s so important to contact us if you think you recognise someone in one of our CCTV appeals, because it means we can increase the number of convictions achieved and provide a positive outcome to vulnerable victims of crime.

“Sadly, there will always be people who will take advantage – but there are some simple steps you can take to help keep your belongings safe while out and about. Make sure that you keep all purses, mobile phones and any other valuable items at the bottom of your bag, always make sure it is fully zipped up and never leave it unattended. Wallets should be kept in front pockets.

“If you are approached in suspicious circumstances or feel uncomfortable, do not hesitate to walk away and report information to police.”

You can report information online, speak to an operator via online web chat or call the non-emergency number 101.