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Monday 16 October 2017, 1:03 PM

A prolific shoplifter from Stroud has been handed a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) banning her from a number of shops in the area.

The order was imposed on Helen Cresswell, 50 and of Stratford Road, at Cheltenham Magistrates' Court on Friday 13 October following her conviction for shoplifting offences in the town.

This order is available under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act of 2014.

The CBO prevents Cresswell from entering:

  • Any Stroud member premises of the Stroud City Safe Scheme.
  • All branches of Tesco, Sainsbury and Waitrose within Gloucestershire.

The order was granted alongside a 16-week sentence which was suspended for 12 months.

A CBO is aimed at tackling the most serious and persistent offenders where their behaviour has brought them before a criminal court.

When applying for a CBO, the court must be satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that the offender has engaged in behaviour that caused or was likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to any person.

As well as this, the court needs to believe that such an order will help to prevent the person in question from engaging in such behaviour again.

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