Prolific thief banned from Morley town centre

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A prolific thief has been banned from Morley town centre for two years.

Gary Hainsworth, 31, was made the subject of a Criminal Behaviour Order when he was convicted of stealing from the town’s Asda, Boots, Wilkinson’s and Co-op stores.

Over the 12-month period leading up to his imprisonment, he snatched a total of £1,620 worth of goods – amounting to around half the losses from theft of the businesses he targeted.

Hainsworth was also jailed for 18 weeks when he appeared at Leeds Magistrates Court earlier this month.

The order bans him from entering an area bordered by Commercial Street, Fountain Street, Corporation Street, Queensway and Troy Road, except to attend pre-booked appointments at the job centre or dentist.

It makes him liable to arrest and further prosecution if he breaches it on his release from prison.

Hainsworth, of Denshaw Grove, Morley, is also prohibited from entering any retail outlet from which he has been banned or excluded.

Criminal Behaviour Orders came into force in October last year under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 and are aimed at tackling the most serious and persistent offenders.

Supt Sam Millar, who heads Safer Leeds, said: “We are continuing to make full use of this new legislation to target those whose criminal and anti-social behaviour has had an ongoing detrimental impact on local communities.

“The granting of this latest order is another good illustration of how the police and council are working together to provide long-term solutions to issues that affect local people’s quality of life.

“We hope it will provide some reassurance to local businesses and residents while also serving as a warning to others of the action they can expect to face if they continue to cause problems in our communities.”