Criminal Behaviour Orders for prolific Gainsborough shoplifters
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Two prolific shop lifters have been handed Criminal Behaviour Orders and banned from retail premises in Gainsborough.
John Cash and Stuart Foster have been given the Criminal Behaviour Orders (CBO) by the courts following a string of shoplifting offences.
Cash, aged 31, of Lea Road, Gainsborough, was issued with a two-year CBO for prolific shoplifting between 13 October and 14 November at B&M and Tesco in Gainsborough.
The conditions of the CBO, issued by the court on 16 November, mean he is prohibited from entering any retail premises in Gainsborough except Caddys, Jet, and the Co-Op for two years.
Stuart Foster, 48, of Woods Terrace, Gainsborough, was handed a three-year CBO for a series of shop thefts at various shops in Gainsborough, including Tesco.
The conditions of the CBO, issued on 6 December, mean he must not enter any retail premises in Gainsborough except for Aldi in Lea Road, or the Jet Station on Bridge Road. He must not behave in a manner, including the use of offensive language or gestures, that is likely to cause any person alarm or distress in Gainsborough.
A CBO is a civil order designed to tackle the most serious and persistent anti-social individuals where their behaviour has brought them before a criminal court. The orders mean there are now enforceable rules on where they can and cannot go, and that they will no longer be able to plague the stores in Grantham which they previously targeted.
If the CBO’s are breached, this is a criminal offence and custodial sentence can be enforced. For the most serious offences, this can be up to five years.
The two CBOs are the result of proactive work between the Gainsborough Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) and North Kesteven District Council, working with businesses and the community to compile evidence and testimony outlining the harm being caused by such behaviour.
Inspector Michael Head said: "Both Cash and Foster caused persistent issues within the Gainsborough area. They targeted retail premises with no regard for the impact their actions would have on staff, the business or the local community.
"This type of offending blights our communities and we want to protect our communities from it. These orders seek to provide longer-term solutions to prevent this behaviour, allowing both prohibitive and positive requirements to be imposed. They also provide the courts with additional sentencing powers to deal with any breaches.”
We keep a continued watch of people who have been issued with CBOs, and we proactively release their image so that members of the community have the opportunity to recognise offending, and are more able to report an incident if one occurs.
If you have an incident you feel needs police attention, please contact us on 101.