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Monday 21 April 2014

Winston Churchill gets city ban after string of shoplifting offences

A THIEF with a well-known name has been banned from all shops in a city centre after being convicted of numerous shoplifting offences.

WINSTON CHURCHILL, 48, of St Pauls Avenue in Hyson Green, Nottingham, England has a history of shoplifting offences and in 2012 received eight separate convictions, police said.

During December last year and January this year, Churchill stole items of clothing from Millets Camping & Outdoor Clothing Store on Exchange Walk, as well as on two occasions from the Hugo Boss Store, Bridlesmith Gate.

He stole high-value shirts and a ladies coat, which he went on to hide in another store nearby in order to avoid being caught.

When staff from Millets questioned him, he became abusive and left.

Nottinghamshire Police said staff inspected the rail close to where he was stood and discovered an item of clothing was missing and three security tags had been cut off the garment and placed in the pocket of another coat on display.

Churchill was later arrested and admitted to the theft. Upon his arrest, police also found a pair of pliers used to remove the security tags from stolen items.

He was convicted of three counts of theft and was sentenced to a 33-week prison sentence at Nottingham Magistrates' Court, a police spokeswoman said.

Along with the custodial sentence, Churchill was also handed a two-year Criminal Anti-Social Behaviour Order, which bans him from entering any shop or retail outlet within Nottingham city centre until June 30, 2015.

Councillor Alex Norris, portfolio holder for community protection, said: "This individual has a history of shoplifting offences and this order is necessary to protect the livelihood of these businesses and their staff.

"The details of the order will be circulated to all the city's shops, so any breaches can be dealt with swiftly."

Press Association

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