Shoplifter attacked teenage Big Issue seller during Fishponds and Staple Hill crime spree
A SHOPLIFTER who shoved a teenage Big Issue seller to the ground when she challenged him for stealing has been sent to prison.
Ashley Stephen Payne, of Fishponds, has been jailed for 44 weeks after admitting a total of 23 offences.
Payne, aged 32, carried out a crime spree in Fishponds and Staple Hill between the end of August and the middle of November.
Avon and Somerset police said he assaulted the 19-year-old Big Issue seller after she challenged him for shoplifting outside a store in Straits Parade, Fishponds.
A CCTV camera at a nearby store captured footage of Payne (above, right) approaching the woman, raising his hand and shoving her to the ground before walking off (below).
Payne also assaulted a 41-year-old shop worker in a separate incident and admitted a total of 16 counts of theft.
He was sentenced at Bristol Magistrates’ Court the day after his last offence.
Sergeant Andrew Bradshaw, of the Fishponds Neighbourhood Policing team, said: "We’re pleased with the custodial sentence given to Payne by the court for the series of offences he committed in our local community over a two-month spell.
"The attack on the 19-year-old woman was a particularly cowardly and unnecessary act of aggression – all because she challenged him for stealing from a local store.
"It has taken persistence and hard work by the neighbourhood team and our colleagues in the Detainee Investigation Team to investigate this series of offences and gather the evidence needed to secure these convictions."