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A thief who repeatedly targeted an M&S food store in Peterborough has been made subject of a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) banning him from the Bretton Centre.

Edward Wilby, 33, was handed the two-year order at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (20 July).

The order states Wilby, of no fixed address, must not enter the Bretton Centre, including the BP petrol station and M&S store, as well as the area bordered by Flaxlands, Rightwell East and Bretton Way.

Edward Wilby, 33, was handed the two-year banning order from the Bretton Centre at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (20 July).


Edward Wilby, 33, was handed the two-year banning order from the Bretton Centre at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (20 July).

Failure to comply with the condition of the CBO is an arrestable offence which could result in a prison sentence, fine or both.

The order was sought by officers from Cambridgeshire Constabulary’s Prevention and Vulnerability Hub, due to Wilby’s level of offending – 22 convictions for theft and similar offences recorded against his name, with 14 shoplifting offences committed in the last eight months:

  • Theft of food from BP/M&S, Bretton Centre on 27 November
  • Theft of meat from BP/M&S, Bretton Centre on 6 December
  • Theft of meat from BP/M&S, Bretton Centre on 29 January
  • Theft of meat from BP/M&S, Bretton Centre on 5 February
  • Theft of meat from BP/M&S, Bretton Centre on 7 February
  • Theft of meat from BP/M&S, Bretton Centre on 8 February
  • Theft of meat from BP/M&S, Bretton Centre on 11 February
  • Theft of meat from BP/M&S, Bretton Centre on 13 February
  • Theft of meat from BP/M&S, Bretton Centre on 21 February
  • Theft of food from BP/M&S, Bretton Centre on 26 February
  • Theft of meat from BP/M&S, Bretton Centre on 19 June
  • Theft of chocolate from Martin’s news agents, Bretton Centre on 3 July
  • Theft of chocolate from Martin’s news agents, Bretton Centre on 5 July
  • Theft of drinks from Martin’s news agents, Bretton Centre on 8 July

On 13 July, he appeared at Huntingdon Magistrates’ Court where he was sentenced to four weeks in prison for the June and July offences.

On 8 March he appeared at the same court where he was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison, suspended for 18 months, for the other offences. He was also made subject of a 30-day Drugs Rehabilitation Requirement and a benefits deduction order.

Edward Wilby, 33, was handed the two-year banning order from the Bretton Centre at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (20 July).


Edward Wilby, 33, was handed the two-year banning order from the Bretton Centre at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (20 July).

Sergeant Rob Reay, from the force’s Prevention & Vulnerability Hub, said: “Shoplifting is often seen as a ‘low-level’ offence, however there are victims to these crimes – the stores who have increased costs and insurance premiums, not to mention the impact the high-volume of offending has on our police force.

“For repeat offenders such as Wilby, we are using other powers such as applying for CBOs to prevent them from entering areas where they are committing crime and causing harm, reducing the impact on both local businesses and the force.”

Anyone with information about Wilby breaching his CBO should contact police via the web chat service or online forms at www.cambs.police.uk/report.

Those without internet access should call 101.

 

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