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shoplifting duo get town centres ban

BETWEEN them they have almost 80 convictions for theft - but now a pair of serial shoplifters have been banned from some of their favourite haunts.

BETWEEN them they have almost 80 convictions for theft - but now a pair of serial shoplifters have been banned from some of their favourite haunts.

Mark Thomas and Christopher Mann have been slapped with Crasbos - Criminal Anit-social Behaviour Orders - by Solihull police, at last giving some relief to local shopkeepers.

Thomas, 36, has been banned from entering Solihull town centre until October 22, 2011. And Mann, 28, won’t be able to visit Shirley or Dorridge again until November 23, 2011.

Sgt Julian Powell, from the offender management team, said that the Crasbos were good news for retailers.

“These banning orders will put retailers’ minds at rest and make our shopping centres a safer, more pleasant place for people to visit.

“Courts don’t issue Crasbos lightly – they are a powerful deterrent – and I’d like to thank all the shopkeepers for the support and information they provided that helped secure the orders.”

Targeting stores around the borough, Mann had notched up 42 convictions, and Thomas 35.

Leaflets featuring photos of the pair and the terms of their CRASBOs have been circulated in the restricted zones.

Police are encouraging shoppers to let them know if they spot either of the two breaching their orders.

“If they are foolish enough not to comply with the orders they will be arrested, put before the courts, and face the likelihood of a custodial sentence,” warned Sgt Powell.

Crasbos are an additional punishment, which can be served on those convicted of a criminal offence.

If you see either man breaking the Crasbo, you can call West Midlands Police on 0845 113 5000, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 

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