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Prolific thief receives banning order

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A serial shoplifter – who has notched up nearly 100 convictions – has been handed a three year ban from Leeds city centre.

Chantelle Mitchell, of Horsforth, was slapped with a Criminal Behaviour Order by Leeds Magistrates last week.

This bans the 38-year-old from entering a strictly defined area of the city except to attend court, probation or legal appointments.

The tough sanctions were imposed following the latest offence, involving the theft of two jackets, worth £200, from a store in The Core shopping centre.

Mitchell had used a foil-lined bag to steal the garments but she was spotted by eagle-eyed shop staff, who gave chase and managed to detain her.

Aside from being subject to the Banning Order, the defendant was sentenced to 31 weeks in prison.

Deputy District Judge Andrew Jebb told Mitchell, who has a history of shop theft stretching back 20 years: “Businesses in the area are entitled to a rest from your activities.”

The order means that the defendant will be liable for arrest and further criminal charges if she breaches the conditions on her release from prison.

Superintendent Sam Millar, who heads the Safer Leeds team, said: “We are continuing to make full use of this legislation to target those whose criminal and anti-social behaviour has had an ongoing detrimental impact on local communities.

“We hope it will provide some reassurance to local businesses and residents while also serving as a warning to others of the action they can expect to face if they continue to cause problems in our communities.”

At Lester Morrill, our experienced criminal law team has experience advising those facing charges for theft offences. For advice on all your options, please contact us today.