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Police hope to win a court order to ban a persistent thief from Leicester city centre.

The man, who has not yet been named by the force, has been stealing from vehicles in car parks across the city centre for the past six months.He has carried out the crime sprees between several spells in prison.Leicestershire Police hopes to end the cycle by applying for a court order which will bar him from specific areas of the city, including those with car parks within them. The measure is known as a criminal behaviour order and has replaced the antisocial behaviour order (Asbo).Inspector Simon Preston, the city centre police commander, said the man was currently in custody.If the order is granted at a forthcoming court hearing, police will publicise it by distributing a poster, which will include a photograph of the man and its conditions, Insp Preston said. He said: "We have seen several spates of thefts from vehicles in the past six months. In that time this man has been in and out of prison three or four times and each time he has come out of prison he has gone back to offending again. This man is a criminal and there are powers to deal with the crimes he commits, but this order would enable us to put conditions on him in an attempt to change his behaviour in the long term. If he breaches the conditions of the order we are hoping to obtain, then he will have committed another criminal offence. He will be made aware of that when we serve the order on him at his next court appearance." City officers have drawn up a draft of the proposed order and are speaking to the Crown Prosecution Service about how to proceed.Insp Preston said: "The court will have to be satisfied the individual is engaged in behaviour which is likely to cause harassment, alarm and distress. The order can involve prohibitive steps such as exclusion zones or curfews, as we are seeking in this case, but we can also include more positive measures, such as a requirement to undertake treatment for drug or alcohol addiction or a course designed to help them address their behaviour."

Details from Leicester Mercury









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