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By Connie Osborne Friday 10 January 2014 Updated: 13/01 14:20
A PERSISTENT shoplifter and drug user has been banned from parts of Redditch town centre for five years.
Samuel Crawley, of Berkswell Close in Church Hill, was also forbidden from taking drugs in any public place by Kidderminister magistrates yesterday (Thursday).
The 27-year-old was handed the CRASBO (Criminal Anti-Social Behaviour Order) following an eight-week prison stretch for possession of cannabis and shoplifting.
According to the order, he cannot inject, inhale, smoke or consume any illegal drug in a public place and is not allowed to enter the Abbey or Trafford retail parks, along with the Kingfisher Shopping Centre.
He is allowed to use the bus station as long as he does not enter or leave it through the shopping centre.
If Crawley breaches the order, he faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison.
Sgt Richard Field, from Abbey Safer Neighbourhood Team, said Crawley had been given an opportunity to address his offending and heroin addiction but he refused to work with agencies.
"West Mercia Police do not tolerate anti-social behaviour, theft and drug misuse and actively seek orders from courts for the most prolific offenders.
"The safer neighbourhood team are engaging with a number of offenders and this order should serve as a warning to people wishing to blight the community with drugs and associated anti-social behaviour."
Craig Nicholls, security manager at the Kingfisher Shopping Centre, added: "We have been continually working with and supporting the police in creating a safe and secure environment for customers, staff and visitors.
"Such instances have absorbed a lot of valuable time and resource which could have be used elsewhere. Eliminating such behaviour can only be good for the economic viability and prosperity of the area."
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