A prolific shoplifter has been jailed for 18 months after breaching a Criminal Behaviour Order banning him from entering Swindon town centre shops.
The courts imposed the order on Martin Morgan, 38, of Sheppard Street, back in January following a spate of thefts at shops in the town including Boots and Co-Op.
However, after pleading guilty to breaching the order on two occasions and two further counts of theft, Morgan appeared before the courts once again on 12 May, and was given a 12-month custodial sentence, plus six months custody to be served consecutively after his suspended sentence was activated.
PC Paul Bezzant said: “Morgan has continued to commit crime within Swindon town centre despite being subject to a Criminal Behaviour Order at the start of the year.
“Clearly this was not enough of a deterrent to prevent his offending, so I am pleased that he has been given a custodial sentence by the courts.
"I know this news will be welcomed by local business owners in the town who have continued to be impacted and frustrated by Morgan’s behaviour.
“Officers continue to work closely with business owners in the town centre to ensure those who commit shoplifting offences or anti-social behaviour are identified and dealt with swiftly.”
To report crime, members of the public should call 101 and 999 in an emergency.
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