Serial shoplifter destroyed £160-worth of spray cleaner in Poundstretcher rampage before hurling abuse at staff


A serial shoplifter caused chaos in Wythenshawe by stealing, hurling abuse at staff, and destroying £160 of products.

Danielle Hennifer, 35, appeared in Tameside Magistrates’ Court today (February 15) for the trail of destruction she created on October 14, 2020.

On that Wednesday, Hennifer and a female friend were seen in Wythenshawe Civic Center’s Poundstretcher and Heron Foods stores by security.

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When the security guards entered the Heron shop, they found Hennifer shouting at staff, prosecutor Eileen Rogers told the court.

“She shouted, ‘I want my f***ing back bag, it’s got my gear in it’,” Ms Rogers said.

“Some shoppers were shocked by the shouting. The staff had taken her bag from her and gave it back to her. The shop was busy, and [Hennifer] swung out with both arms, causing spray cleaner to spill out on to the floor.”

Hennifer continued shouting with her friend as she was ushered out of the shop, and did not ‘calm down’ when asked to do so by staff.

That was despite the staff offering her the bag back, Ms Rogers continued, but ‘she was not interested’.

The prosecution added: “She was ushered out of the tram stop. She kept saying to [one staff member] ‘you don’t know our names’.

Danielle Hennifer leaving Tameside Magistrate Court

“She was shouting abuse, saying ‘f*** off’.”

In all, Hennifer’s actions caused £163 worth of damage, the court heard, with a similar amount of stolen items in her possession recovered at the time.

She has 14 previous convictions from 22 offenses in total, but has not offended since October 2020, her defense lawyer Darin Millar explained.


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“She has moved to a new area, and is in a stable relationship to get away from people leading her down the path of drugs,” Mr Millar said in mitigation for his client.

“She has just passed exams on a barbery course. Her outlook on her has completely changed.

“Those offenses, she would well tell you, are now in the past.”

Sentencing Hennifer, who admitted three offenses of theft from a shop; criminal damage to property under £5,000; and using abusive language, was Magistrate Miss J Bancroft.

She handed over Hennifer, of Green Meadows Walk, Wythenshawe, to a community order.

“You are being punished but it seems like things have changed and you have made some positive life decisions,” the bench told the defendant.

“Let’s hope that’s a good way forward in the future.”

Danielle Hennifer, of Green Meadows Walk, pleaded guilty to the three charges. She was given an 18-month community order at Tameside Magistrates’ Court today, and must complete 20 rehabilitation days, pay a £95 surcharge, £150 of prosecution costs, and £60 in compensation to the shop and a staff member each.

The 35-year-old is also subject to an eight-week nighttime curfew from 7pm to 7am.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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