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Shop ban for serial thief

Shop ban for serial thief Shop ban for serial thief
Updated: 9:56 am, May 07, 2015

A BOROUGH man has been banned from shops in the town centre after a string of thefts and violent offences which span over nearly 30 years.

Mark Altar Hagan, of George Walk, was issued the two-year Criminal Behaviour Order in his absence at Redditch Magistrates’ Court on Monday (January 12).

The 46-year-old, who is a prolific thief in the town, had also been involved in violent and public order offences dating back to 1987 including threatening security guards and stealing a laptop from a Redditch Library worker.

The order means he is banned from behaving in an aggressive, intimidating or threatening way which could cause distress to anyone who witnesses it.

He is also banned from entering any retail premises in Redditch town centre, the Trafford Retail Park, and its surrounding roads, car parks or open space.

Sgt Richard Field, from the local Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “If he is found breaching any of the conditions of the order he commits a criminal offence which, if successfully convicted, could result in a prison sentence of up to five years.

“CBOs are an important tool for tackling those who persistently cause our communities most harm and will, as in the case of Hagan, be sought where there is clear evidence that an individual is likely to cause further issues in the future.”

Liz Bellaby, Redditch Borough Council’s anti-social behaviour manager, added the council supported the case and is pleased the wider community will be protected.

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