A 39-YEAR-OLD woman has been jailed after pleading guilty to a string of thefts, assaults and public order offences in a town centre.

Nina Caroline Smith, of no fixed address, appeared at York Magistrates' Court where she was given a 12-month sentence due to the "severity" of her crimes, which took place in Scarborough.

In March, Smith was charged in connection with an assault, while in the same month, she was charged with a public order offence and was caught shoplifting.

In April, Smith was charged again for shoplifting.

In June, Smith was charged with another public order offence, breaches of bail conditions, a further instance of shoplifting, assaulting an emergency worker and possessing a bladed weapon in public.

Most recently, on Sunday, June 30, Smith was arrested in West Square, Scarborough, for being in the town centre exclusion zone. 

Smith then appeared at York Magistrates' Court, where she was told her offending was so serious because she had shown “a flagrant disregard for people and their property”, before being jailed for 12 months.

After Smith was jailed, North Yorkshire Police officer Tom Wilkinson said: “Smith’s actions have caused disruption and misery to people in Scarborough over many months. The sentence will provide some respite for residents, and allow her to address her offending behaviour.

“This case is a good example of what we can achieve by working together with partner agencies in the Community Impact Team, and the sentence sends a strong message that this kind of behaviour will simply not be tolerated in our communities.”

A spokeswoman for the force said: "Incidents of anti-social behaviour and neighbourhood disputes can be reported to the team via email saferscarboroughhub@scarborough.gov.uk or telephone 01723-383646, 9am to 5pm on weekdays."