October 6, 2023 4.17 pm This story is over 5 months old

Mentally ill shoplifter who threatened Co-op worker with syringe is jailed

Mark Foster has paranoid schizophrenia, but didn’t take his pills and was addicted to cocaine

A shoplifter who produced a syringe when he was confronted by a brave store assistant in a Boston Co-op was on Friday jailed for 12 months.

Mark Foster, 49, also threatened a police officer with a bloodied syringe after they went to his home to arrest him. On both occasions Foster shouted the words “Hep-C,” a reference to the virus which can be spread from infected blood.

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