Town shoplifter handed ASBO

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A persistent Ilkeston shoplifter, Luke John Meads, has been handed an Ant-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO).

32-year-old Meads, of Bridge Street, Ilkeston, is now banned from entering any retail premises from which he has previously been excluded by a member of staff or security staff and remaining on any retail premises where he has been asked to leave by a member of staff or security staff.

Erewash Community Safety Partnership, Erewash Borough Council and Derbyshire Constabulary successfully gained the ASBO at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates Court in November.

The court issued the ASBO following Meads’ conviction for four shop thefts carried out by him in August and September 2013 - and warned him that if he breaches the ASBO conditions he will be arrested and hauled back before the court.

Leaflets and posters are now being distributed to local businesses with photos of Mead and to inform them of the conditions of his ASBO - and encouraging them to report any breaches.

Anti-Social Behaviour Co-ordinator Sally Wigginton, of Erewash Community Safety Partnership, said: “We hope this Order and the leaflets and posters we are putting out will act as a deterrent to others involved in anti-social behaviour within the borough - it should send out a strong message that this kind of behaviour will not be tolerated in Erewash.

“By working together we can make it an even safer and happier place for everyone who lives and works here.”

Cllr Carol Hart, Erewash Borough Council’s deputy leader also welcomed the granting of the ASBO. She added: “This outcome is a clear warning to others that anti-social behaviour is not acceptable and that Erewash Borough Council will always work closely with our partners to take action where necessary.

“We hope the shop staff and residents who witnessed the thefts and anti-social behaviour in this case are now reassured that positive action has been taken and that Meads faces a fine or prison if he breaches any of the conditions.”

Retail staff or residents who witness any breach of conditions, or who want to report other incidentsof anti-social behaviour, should call Derbyshire Constabulary on 101 or Erewash Community Safety Partnership on 0115 907 2244.