December 7: Thief left city hotel without paying

Emily Goodman

Emily Goodman

First published in News Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Crime Reporter, also covering Barton and Wood Farm. Call me on (01865) 425427

LURKING behind door seven of our criminal Christmas calendar is an Oxford woman suspected of shoplifting and staying at a “high quality” hotel without paying.

Each day in our Badvent calendar, the Oxford Mail is revealing a different suspect’s face wanted by Thames Valley Police.

And 35-year-old Emily Goodman is the first woman to appear in our advent appeal.

Goodman, of Courtland Road, Rose Hill, Oxford, was charged with shoplifting more £187.25 worth of items from the Tesco supermarket store at the Oxford Retail Park, Cowley, on Friday, January 6.

She was released by police on bail to appear at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on Monday, February 20.

But she did not turn up and police have not seen her since.

Officers now also want to speak to her in connection with an incident on Friday, May 4, where she is believed to have left the Hawkwell House Hotel in Church Way, Iffley, without paying for a night’s stay.

On the hotel’s website it is described as having “high quality accommodation”.

Last night Detective Inspector John Kemsley said: “Thames Valley Police wants to show that it is not acceptable to simply take without paying like this in Oxfordshire.

“We would like to talk to Ms Goodman in relation to both of these incidents and urge anyone who knows where she is to get in touch with us.”

Anyone with information about Goodman’s whereabouts should contact Thames Valley Police on 101.

If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

The charity does not take personal details, information is not traced or recorded, and you will not go to court.

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