Helen Flanagan admits 'shoplifting'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 24 May 2013
Helen Flanagan

Helen Flanagan

Helen Flanagan was almost arrested for shoplifting after walking out of a Boots store without paying

Helen Flanagan narrowly escaped being arrested for shoplifting after leaving a shop without paying.

The former 'Coronation Street' actress walked out of her local Boots store with £200 worth of cosmetics because she was in a "daydream", and despite initially being threatened with police intervention, shop staff eventually relented but imposed a five-year ban on her using their outlets.

She said: "I nearly got arrested in Boots. It was basically a daydream.

"I was feeling hot and flustered. I walked out of the shop, I'd had enough. Security said, 'Excuse me'. I looked down and there was about £200 worth in my basket.

"I said, 'Oh God, I am so sorry. I would not do this kind of thing'.

"The security woman says, 'Right, I'm going to have to ring the police'. I said, 'You are joking?'

I told her it was an honest mistake and she was like, 'That's what they all say'.

"She was about to call the police and then she said, 'I will be kind, I will ban you from Boots for five years'. I did use the F-word. It was really annoying. You can't have the power to ban someone from Boots!

"I shop there all the time. She knew what I did for a job and she just stood there nodding."

The 22-year-old blonde was "mortified" by the incident, but has vowed to defy the ban.

Speaking on 'Alan Carr: Chatty Man', she added: "Then afterwards, after I was treated like a criminal, she was like, 'Do you want me to help you with your stuff?' and I was like, 'No'.

"It was awful. It was absolutely mortifying. I thought, 'They can't arrest me, I will still go to Boots'. People do walk out without thinking. I suppose I am quite ditzy."

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