PROLIFIC Worksop shoplifter banned from town centre

Prolific shoplifter Lee Richardson from Worksop has been banned from entering Worksop town centre
Prolific shoplifter Lee Richardson from Worksop has been banned from entering Worksop town centre

A prolific shoplifter who has plagued businesses in for years has been banned from entering retail stores in Worksop town centre for two years.

Lee Richardson, 39, of Ely Close, Manton, Worksop, has been made subject of a Criminal Behaviour Order by Nottingham Magistrates’ Court.

The conditions prevent Richardson from entering areas where he is known to commit the majority of his offences.

This includes Worksop town centre and the Priory Centre retail area.

He is also prevented from riding his bike, with cycling away from the scene of his offences being a common theme.

Richardson is also not allowed to be in the company of his brothers, Carl and Stevie, in the Worksop area.

Offences committed by Richardson include a high number of shop thefts, thefts from vehicles and assaults.

Inspector Neil Bellamy said: “Richardson has little or no respect for the judicial process, committing crimes whilst on bail or immediately after being released from prison.

“His offences are a real cause for concern for businesses large and small in Worksop, whilst his prolific offending also takes up an enormous amount of time, not least for the police and the courts.

“The purpose of the order is to set Richardson strict boundaries in the hope he can use this period to turn his life around. If he fails to follow the terms of the order he will be committing a criminal offence and will face a custodial sentence.”