Jail term for man who breached Criminal Behaviour Order

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

A man has been jailed for 13 weeks for breaching a Criminal Behaviour Order he had been given for persistent shop lifting in the Castleford area.

Mitchell John England, aged 28, of no fixed address, was sentenced at Leeds Magistrates Court on 6 December 2023.

The sentence reflects that the Courts take these types of actions very seriously. We welcome the sentence which sends out a clear message that we will take firm action against people who behave in a way that is unacceptable.

Our joint action with West Yorkshire Police demonstrates that we do not tolerate this behaviour – it has absolutely no place in our district.

Cllr Maureen Cummings

Cabinet Member for Communities, Poverty and Health

Councillor Maureen Cummings

He had previously been issued with a three-year Criminal Behaviour Order on 19 October 2023 at Leeds Magistrates Court – after joint action was taken by Wakefield Council and West Yorkshire Police.

The Criminal Behaviour Order prevents Mitchell John England from entering ASDA, Leeds Road, Castleford; Co-op Local, The Square, Airedale and Sainsbury’s Store, Smawthorne Lane, Castleford or remain on any retail premises in the Wakefield district if asked to leave by staff. And not to enter any retail premises where he has been banned or excluded from within the Wakefield Metropolitan area.

The CBO remains in force until midnight 18 October 2026.

On four separate occasions between 21 November 2023 and 3 December 2023, he entered stores and stole items, including toothbrushes, washing tablets and chocolate totalling £201. 

The Judge sentenced Mitchell John England to four consecutive three week sentences for breaching his order and one week for failing to surrender to custody.   

Inspector Glen Costello, who leads Wakefield East Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “England’s actions have had a real negative impact on the area and officers and PCSOs from the neighbourhood policing team have put huge effort into stopping his offending. Unfortunately, despite being given opportunity to change his behaviour, he has continued to cause harm for retailers in Castleford.

“The terms of his CBO were clear, and he is now facing the consequences of choosing to breach the conditions of this order. The CBO will remain in place upon his release.

“We know the concern that shoplifting offences cause for businesses and will continue to work with our partners to support our retail community, including securing CBOs for individuals who persist in such offending.”

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