Store ban for ‘abusive’ Washington pest is welcomed

Supersave Store in Washington
Supersave Store in Washington
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Shopkeepers have welcomed a banning order for a troublemaker who terrorised their stores – but fear it may not work.

As the Echo reported yesterday, Kristina Rush is barred from entering three Washington stores, under new enforcement powers used for the first time by Sunderland City Council.

She is abusive. She would stand outside and wouldn’t move. I’d tell her not to come in and she’d send people in for her.

Manager of Bhangu’s Store

The 30-year-old, of Gladstone Terrace, is not allowed to enter or be within 25 metres of three shops: Premier Stores on Waterloo Road; Bhangu’s Store on Johnson Terrace and Supersave News and Wines on Ellen Terrace.

After Ms Rush failed to appear at a hearing on July 28, a 12-month injunction was granted by District Judge Malik at Sunderland County Court, which means she is also prohibited from engaging in conduct causing or likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress or inciting others to do so, entering or being within a specified area of Sulgrave, bounded by Marlborough Road, Usworth Station Road and Foxley.

A power of arrest has been attached to the terms and costs of £280 ordered to be paid by Ms Rush.

The manager of Bhangu’s Store, who did not wish to be named, said he welcomes the ban, but believes it won’t deter Ms Rush from returning to his store.

“It should have been done a long time ago,” he said. “But I don’t think she will stick to the order.

“She is abusive. She would stand outside and wouldn’t move. I’d tell her not to come in and she’d send people in for her.

“I am very pleased about the order. She has made life hell for shopkeepers.

“She causes a lot of hassle, which creates a horrible atmosphere in the shop and we feel embarrassed.”