Foul-mouthed woman who peed in shop manager's office banned from town centre

A woman has been banned from Middlesbrough town centre after hurling vile abuse and urinating inside a shop when she was detained for alleged shoplifting.

Kerry Jessop, 40, launched a string of verbal attacks on council officers, shop workers and members of the public.

Last July she threatened to cough on a security officer at the town’s bus station while acting in a ‘very aggressive and unpleasant’ manner.

Jessop also branded security staff ‘f***ing useless’ and taunted another neighbourhood safety officer how she looked ‘silly in that mask’.

She was detained on suspicion of shoplifting in December and was taken to the store manager’s office, where she dropped her trousers and urinated on the floor in front of a police officer.

Jessop has a string of 27 convictions including a three-year anti-social behaviour order. Now she is subject to an injunction banning her from entering a large area of Middlesborough until August 2022.

The order, issued at Middlesbrough County Court, also prohibits her from using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour to others and from having an open container of alcohol in public.

Support services are said to have made numerous failed attempts to help Jessop to ‘improve her behaviour and turn her life around’ but she has ‘rejected them all’.

Middlesbrough mayor, Andy Preston, said there was ‘no option’ but to ban Jessop from the town centre to ‘protect decent, law-abiding people’.

He warned: ‘This sort of appalling behaviour that’s led to this action is totally unacceptable, and we’ll use all means at our disposal to stamp it out,

‘Hard-working shop staff, not to mention our wardens and members of the public, have a right to be treated with courtesy and respect – not subjected to a torrent of foul-mouthed abuse.’

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