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Prolific shoplifter banned from city centre stores

Worcester Editorial 3rd Jun, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A PROLIFIC shoplifter has been banned from most shops in Worcester city centre after he was slapped with a Criminal Anti Social Behaviour Order.

James Taylor is also not allowed to enter any store in his home town of Kidderminster for the next two years after a spate of incidents in both areas including four separate thefts and assaulting a security guard.

In Worcester, the 30-year-old is now only allowed to enter Aldi in Pheasant Street and pharmacies for collecting prescriptions.

Taylor’s CRASBO, handed to him by magistrates in Kidderminster, also prevents him from intentionally using foul, abusive or racist language or gestures towards anyone who does not live in the same house as he does and acting in a threatening or aggressive manner.

At an earlier hearing Taylor admitted stealing three X-Box games, two Dyson vacuum cleaners, and an iron from Sainsbury’s plus three dog harnesses from Just For Pets between January 13 and February 1, valued at almost £1,000.

The assault related to an incident in which a security guard was punched and scratched when he detained Taylor for theft.

He was given a community order with a 12 month drug rehabilitation requirement and an 18-month supervision requirement.

The court was told police believed Taylor stole to fund drug and alcohol addictions.

As well as thefts, there were incidents of him swearing at and being abusive to shop staff. On one occasion he approached a security guard who was walking to work, and was intimidating.

PC Andy Forbes of the Safer Neighbourhood Team covering Kidderminster town centre said: “The order does not prevent Taylor from accessing vital services such as GP surgeries, pharmacies and council buildings.

“However it does prevent him from entering retail premises, and this is to prevent him stealing and security guards, staff and shoppers from feeling threatened or intimidated by him.

“Security guards and shop staff have the right to do their job without being verbally or physically assaulted and this order demonstrates that we will not tolerate such behaviour.”

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