Four month sentence and five year shop ban for Whitehaven shoplifter

05/12/2016

A prolific shoplifter from Whitehaven has been handed a four month prison sentence and a five year criminal behaviour order (CBO) at Workington Magistrates Court. The criminal behaviour order (CBO) prevents Karl Schofield, age 47, from entering Shopwatch shops in Egremont and Whitehaven for five years after he has served his prison sentence.

A prolific shoplifter from Whitehaven has been handed a four month prison sentence and a five year criminal behaviour order (CBO) at Workington Magistrates Court.  The criminal behaviour order (CBO) prevents Karl Schofield, age 47, from entering Shopwatch shops in Egremont and Whitehaven for five years after he has served his prison sentence.

It is part of a large police operation to crack down on antisocial behaviour and thefts from local shops by prolific offenders.  The CBO against Karl Schofield is the fifth CBO to be ordered against prolific offenders at Workington Magistrates Court in the past two weeks.  Karl Schofield pleaded guilty to thefts from WH Smiths, Dixons department store, Wilkinsons, Asda and Spar garage in Whitehaven and the Co-op shops in Cleator Moor and Egremont.

Pamela Fee, Senior Crown Prosecutor from CPS North West said:
"Karl Schofield is a prolific offender who has been given a five year ban from any shops in the Shopwatch scheme in Egremont and Whitehaven to curb his persistent theft from shops.

"These crimes adversely affect our local communities and local businesses and the CPS is determined to work with the police to tackle offences of dishonesty and theft.

"The courts take such persistent offending seriously and Karl Schofield now begins a four month prison sentence.   We are increasingly using criminal behaviour orders to prevent the offenders committing further crimes after they have served their sentences."

Karl Schofield was sentenced to 120 days  in custody at Workington Magistrates Court on 2nd December.  The court imposed a criminal behaviour order following an application by the Crown Prosecution Service which prevents him from entering shops within the Egremont and Whitehaven Shopwatch schemes for five years.