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Serial offender banned from eight local shops

Criminal Behaviour Order imposed to offer vendors some respite

Serial offender banned from eight local shops

A PERSISTENT thief has been been given a Criminal Behaviour Order and banned from eight shops in Newbury and Thatcham.

Robert Black, aged 47, of Westfield Road, Thatcham, pleaded guilty at Reading Magistrates’ Court last Monday, to theft from a shop.

The charges relate to the theft of clothing worth £66 from Peacocks in the Kennet Centre on November 17.

Black also stole goods worth £25 from the Co-op in Thatcham Broadway on October 1.

Black is now prohibited from entering two Co-op stores in Thatcham Broadway, the Co-op store in Bradley Moore Store, the Sainsbury’s Local in Chapel Street and the Tesco Express in Northfield Road.

He has also been banned from the BP Service Station in London Road, Newbury, the Tesco Superstore in London Road, Newbury and Peacocks in the Kennet Centre.

He is also prohibited from remaining in any retail establishment in West Berkshire if asked to leave by staff.

Investigating officer, PC Peter Duffy, said: “Robert Black has persistently stolen from shops in Thatcham and Newbury, often being threatening and intimidating towards members of staff when challenged.

“The order prohibits Black from entering the named stores and from remaining on any retail establishment in West Berkshire if requested to leave by a member of staff.

“If Black breaches the order he will be committing a criminal offence for which he can be arrested and put before the court. The order will provide some respite to the stores he has persistently targeted.”

The order lasts until December 13, 2017. It is a criminal offence to breach the order and could result in a fine and up to five years imprisonment.

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