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Shoplifter banned from Cotswold businesses

A court has warned a Cirencester man he faces arrest if he sets foot in any of four town centre businesses in the next two years.

Christopher Baker, 43, of Mount Close pleaded guilty to two offences of shoplifting in September and November 2018 when he appeared before magistrates in Cheltenham.

Baker was given a two-year criminal behaviour order (CBO) banning him going into four shops in the Cotswold town.

Under the order he is prohibited from entering Waitrose in Sheep Street, Marks & Spencer in Dyer Street, Tesco Extra in Cricklade Road and Poundland in Cricklade Street.

Failure to stick to these conditions would be a criminal offence for which he could be arrested.

As well as the CBO magistrates fined Baker £20, ordered him to pay a total of £125 in costs and take part in a community rehabilitation programme for drug dependency.

PC Richie Webb, from the Cirencester town neighbourhood policing team, said: "I am very pleased that magistrates have made this order banning Baker from entering the stores which have been his principal victims.

"Hopefully this, and the community rehabilitation sentence, will help him turn over a new leaf."

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