Woman on dangerous driving charge after mall security guard carried on car’s bonnet

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A woman has appeared in court accused of driving dangerously in County Mall’s car park and stealing items worth £110 from Debenhams.

Mary Totham, 29, entered no pleas when she appeared before Crawley magistrates today (Wednesday December 23).

It was alleged she drove a Vauxhall Astra dangerously in the shopping centre’s car park, Southgate Avenue and Haslett Avenue East, on October 8.

Gaynor Byng, prosecuting, said a security guard was carried on the car’s bonnet after he and another member of security attempted to stop the vehicle leaving the car park.

She said: “Somewhat miraculously [the man] only suffered some bruising on his leg.”

A car park exit barrier was smashed in the incident, a police statement has said.

Totham, of Gomshall Gardens, Kenley, Surrey, who was represented by Henry Dixon, was released on conditional bail to appear at Lewes Crown Court on January 22.

She was not to enter the Debenhams or County Mall’s car park.

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