WISBECH: Persistent shoplifter given drugs rehabilitation order after breaching ASBO

A DRUGS rehabilitation order has been slapped on a Wisbech man, who breached an anti-social behaviour order within weeks of its issue by stealing from a shop. Jonathan Holmes, who has more than 200 convictions to his name, was made the subject of an ASBO

A DRUGS rehabilitation order has been slapped on a Wisbech man, who breached an anti-social behaviour order within weeks of its issue by stealing from a shop.

Jonathan Holmes, who has more than 200 convictions to his name, was made the subject of an ASBO in October for persistent shoplifting.

However, he entered a Wisbech shop on Sunday, was arrested by police and charged with shoplifting and breaching the ASBO.

Holmes, 41, of Oakroyd Crescent, appeared at Peterborough Magistrates' Court on Monday where he was given the drugs rehabilitation order.


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Sergeant Dave Bax said: "We will do all we can to ensure that those with ASBO's abide by them. Where they don't, individuals will be arrested and taken to court.

"It's important that residents and shopkeepers help us to make sure Holmes and others with ASBO's abide by their conditions, and that the Wisbech neighbourhood team is notified if any conditions are broken."

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Wisbech sector Inspector Robin Sissons added that Holmes' conviction was "an example of positive policing and the power of ASBO's".

Holmes' ASBO remains in place until October 28 2011. It prohibits him from entering most of Wisbech, and every retail premises within the town's Shopwatch scheme.

He is only allowed in the town centre if he has arranged appointments, or if he is waiting for a bus at Freedom Bridge roundabout or the Horsefair Shopping Centre.

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