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Aldershot shoplifter jailed for breaching Criminal Behaviour Order

News   •   Oct 30, 2018 14:41 GMT

A shoplifter banned from Aldershot town centre has been jailed for more than four months.

Ryan Gibbs, 33, of Grosvenor Road, Aldershot, is behind bars after breaching his Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) last week.

Basingstoke Magistrates Court heard how Gibbs went to the Iceland store in the Wellington Centre on October 22 and October 26.

This was in breach of a CBO he was issued with on October 10, which bans him from entering any shop in the town centre.

The court was also told that on both occasions he stole food from the store, £24 worth on October 22 and £15.50 on October 26.

Gibbs pleaded guilty to these two charges of theft from a shop when he appeared in court on October 27.

He was sentenced to a total of 18 weeks in prison.

He was given 12 weeks in prison for two counts of theft and two counts of breaching his CBO.

He was also sentenced to a further six weeks in prison, to run consecutively, for a previous suspended sentence.

Inspector John Halfacre said: “We hope that this sentence reassures residents and businesses in the area that we will take action against those who persistently break the law.

“We know that anti-social behaviour and shoplifting has a real impact on the local community and we are committed to using all powers available to us in order to bring those responsible to justice.

“We are working hard with our partners to look at various ways to tackle these issues and we hope this sentence sends a strong message to those who wrongly think their crimes will go unpunished.”

Councillor Ken Muschamp, Rushmoor Borough Council Deputy Leader, added: “This case demonstrates that antisocial behaviour will not be tolerated, and that the council’s policy of tackling negative behaviour, is working.

“This sentence is the result of hard work by Hampshire Constabulary, assisted by Rushmoor Borough Council and Safer North Hampshire, working in partnership to improve our borough for everyone.”