Prolific shoplifter jailed after breaching criminal behaviour order
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A prolific shoplifter who breached his criminal behaviour order just hours after it was imposed has now been locked up.
Andrew Wimbeldon, aged 41, was issued with the two-year order at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on 1 June 2023 after pleading guilty to a string of thefts from shops in West Bridgford.
Wimbeldon, of Gordon Road, West Bridgford, was ordered not to enter specific stores nor act in a manner likely to cause alarm and distress towards staff working at these locations for the duration of the order.
However, he showed complete disregard for the order by entering one of these stores later that same day, stealing three bottles of spirits.
Wimbeldon was duly arrested and went on to plead guilty to the theft and to breaching his order.
He was jailed for a total of five months when he appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (7 June 2023).
Inspector Rob Lawton, neighbourhood policing inspector for Rushcliffe, said: “Antisocial behaviour has a hugely negative impact on the community and affects the quality of life for those who suffer from it.
"As we have shown, where necessary we will obtain criminal behaviour orders against persistent offenders to deter this sort of behaviour, and we will continue to enforce if these orders are breached.
"I'd like to commend PC Matt Holden's hard work towards securing this order which was secured as a result of a partnership effort between police, businesses, Shop Watch and support from Rushcliffe Council's WISE patrols.
“We are committed to taking the necessary action to ensure our residents and visitors feel safe and secure and free from the harm caused by these individuals.
“The terms of these orders are clear – if you breach them, you will go to prison. I hope Wimbeldon’s sentence reiterates the message that criminal behaviour orders are taken seriously, and any breaches will be robustly dealt with.
“My officers will continue to work closely with business owners to ensure those who commit shoplifting offences or antisocial behaviour are identified and dealt with appropriately.”
The Shop Watch radio scheme and the WISE wardens in West Bridgford were introduced under the Safer Streets scheme – as part of a package of measures to make public spaces safer – after the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner secured £3m of Home Office funding for Nottinghamshire last year.