Threatening thief is handed two year ASBO

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A prolific shoplifter has been slapped with a two year Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) after blighting the lives of shopkeepers.

Homeless Stephen Swarbrick, 52, appeared at Lancaster Magistrate’s on Friday June 13, where the order was granted.

Swarbrick intimidated shop staff and used threatening behaviour when confronted about stealing.

Under the conditions of the Order, Swarbrick has been banned from entering all retail premises within the city centre of Lancaster defined on a specific map and prohibited from causing harassment, alarm or distress to any person in Lancaster.

Lancaster’s City Centre Neighbourhood Policing Team have been working hard to gather evidence for the court case and take the necessary long term action required to deal with Swarbrick.

Lancaster City Centre Beat Manager PC Chris Smith said: “This ASBO has provided the necessary reprieve that the shop keepers and workers truly deserve from a habitual thief.

“The order will last for two years and should any breaches occur we will most certainly be looking to extend this back at the Magistrate’s Court.

“We are committed to making sure Lancaster is not blighted by this type of behaviour and we will continue to use tactics such as ASBOs to improve the quality of life for local residents.

“Swarbrick will feature in leaflets to be distributed in Lancaster.”