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Criminal Behaviour Order to protect Workington businesses

Michelle McCourt

A woman has been banned from entering shops in Workington after being convicted of theft offences at Boots, JD Sports and The British Red Cross.

Michelle McCourt, 31, of Station Road, Workington was found guilty of the offences and sentenced at Workington Magistrates’ Court on 23 May 2018 to four weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months.

She must pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £115. She was also made subject to a rehabilitation activity requirement and 12 months’ supervision.

McCourt was also made subject of a Criminal Behaviour Order, the terms of which make it an offence to enter any business premises which is a member of Workington Shop Watch scheme, as well as Argos and Matalan in Workington.

Police Constable Laura Tyson said: “Criminal Behaviour Orders are a useful tool available to the courts which can help the offender to cease further criminality and help protect local businesses.

“In this instance, the court agreed with our application for the order. I would encourage anyone who witnesses the terms of such a court order being broken to contact the police immediately.”

The punishment for breaking the terms of a Criminal Behaviour Order can be up to five years in prison.

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