Man banned from shops in Wakefield city centre
A man has been banned for three years from some shops and businesses in Wakefield city centre after being convicted and jailed for shop-lifting offences.
The Bull Ring, Wakefield city centre
Paul Thomason, aged 35, of no fixed abode, was sentenced at Leeds Magistrates' Court to 20 weeks in prison, and was given a three year Criminal Behaviour Order for six shop lifting offences and an assault.
The court heard that Thomason has 78 convictions for 182 previous offences and a history of being violent towards retail staff. It is his third prison sentence for this type of behaviour.
The terms of Thomason's order mean that he must not enter any premises which are covered under the Wakefield Area Businesses Against Crime Partnership (WABAC) - which includes The Ridings, Trinity Walk and some shops near the market. He must not remain in any Wakefield city shop, store or supermarket, when asked to leave by a member of staff and if he ignores the order, he faces being arrested by the Police.
Cllr Maureen Cummings, Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities at Wakefield Council, said: "I am very pleased the Court has taken such strong and decisive action against this individual. By issuing a Criminal Behaviour Order, this sends out a very clear message that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated.
"Wakefield city centre is a great place for residents, visitors and businesses and we will do all we can to protect it from the small minority of people who carry out criminal activities."