A SERIAL shoplifter who assaulted store staff has been banned from wearing a wig when entering any shop.

At Wigan Magistrates’ Court Natalie Belfield was jailed for 48 weeks.

Belfield was told: “You have offended for many years and the combination of all these offences can only mean the imposition of a al sentence.”

The court heard how Natalie Belfield, aged 34, of Harper Green Road, Farnworth, committed the offences in between October 26 last year and January 25 in order to feed a drug addiction.

Belfield stole gift sets, confectionary, a turkey crown and other items from Asda, Iceland, Hame Bargains and several other stores in Farnworth.

She pleaded guilty to nine counts of theft and two charges of assault and was ordered to pay her assault victims a total of £100 in compensation.

The court also made a criminal behaviour order which bans Belfield from Farnworth town centre shops or Tesco on Longcauseway, Farnworth for two years and also makes it an offence for her to possess or wear a wig when entering any store.