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Prolific offender jailed

Prolific offender jailed

2:39pm 4th November 2010

A prolific shoplifter who was named and shamed by Northallerton Police has been jailed for breaching the conditions of his ASBO.

Graham McDonald, who was the first subject of a North Yorkshire Police scheme aimed at highlighting the behaviour of prolific offenders, was sentenced to five months’ imprisonment at Northallerton Magistrates’ Court on Friday 29th October 2010.

McDonald was charged with two counts of breaching an ASBO for entering retail premises which he was banned from. He was also convicted of theft from Lakeland, committing an offence while on conditional discharge and committing a further offence while serving a suspended sentence.

Police distributed posters and leaflets bearing McDonald’s face throughout Northallerton town centre after he was given a Criminal Anti-Social Behaviour Order in August 2010, prohibiting him from entering any retail premises in the High Street. 

Members of the public were urged to contact the local Safer Neighbourhood Team if they saw McDonald breaching the terms of his ASBO, or committing any other offences.

Sergeant Simon Wilson, of Northallerton Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “McDonald’s prison sentence is excellent news for the retailers and residents of Northallerton who have been forced to suffer his repeated offending for a number of months.

“The piloting of the posters with McDonald’s picture and ASBO conditions on were distributed to shops on the High Street and surrounding retail parks, and they directly resulted in his downfall.

“He was arrested for theft and two breaches of his ASBO conditions after he was positively identified thanks to the publicity surrounding his prolific offending.

“I would like to thank the retailers and residents of Northallerton for their cooperation and I hope this sends a message to criminals that when the police and public work together there is nowhere to hide.”

Police hope that by publicising the details of offenders who are a constant menace to our communities, they will think twice about re-offending or breaching the terms of their court orders.

If they continue to reoffend the publicity helps residents identify them and encourages them to notify the police.

If you would like to report crime or anti-social behaviour in your area contact North Yorkshire Police on 0845 60 60 24 7. 

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