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Friday, 28 November 2014

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Serial shoplifter barred from every store in Carlisle city centre

One of Carlisle’s worst shoplifters has become the first criminal to receive a blanket ban from all stores in the city centre.

Shoplifter Martyn Corrie photo
Martyn Corrie

Martyn Corrie, 23, is also barred from other shops outside a designated zone after magistrates imposed an antisocial behaviour order (Asbo) to combat his persistent stealing.

Police say Corrie, who has lived at Rydal Street, off Botchergate, had the order slapped on him following his “blatant disregard” of warnings from officers and shops.

The Asbo, imposed by Carlisle Magistrates’ Court, comes as part of a string of measures to tackle shoplifting in the city which has seen the number of these types of crimes plummet.

Efforts to tackle the thefts, which police say add a hidden cost to everyone, have been given the backing of a shop bosses’ collective.

PC Kath Paterson said: “This sends out a positive message to other shoplifters that Carlisle police will not tolerate repeated behaviour which has a negative impact on the working lives of shop assistants, security staff and visitors.”

The terms of the Asbo on Corrie, which runs indefinitely, say he must not:

  • Enter or be found within any store within the city centre.
  • Go into Co-op shops in Blackwell Road, Currock, and Central Avenue, Harraby.
  • Enter Aldi in Petteril Bank Road, Harraby.
  • Go into any shop at the St Nicholas Gate retail park, off London Road.

Police say Corrie was spoken to while in custody having been arrested on suspicion of shoplifting in January.

They said he had a string of previous convictions for theft and had been identified as “one of the worst shoplifters” in the city.

Officers say Corrie was told certain stores had banned him and that if he continued to steal police would look at options including an Asbo.

He also signed a contract known as an acceptable behaviour contract, saying he would “not be found on any shop premises for any other reason than to purchase goods”.

The next day, police said, Corrie was arrested on suspicion of theft of goods from a city centre shop.

A letter was sent to Corrie with a reminder of the action police would take if he did not stop.

On January 19 Corrie was arrested for three further alleged shoplifting offences.

Police say they had “no other option” than to apply for the Asbo.

PC Paterson said: “Positive action will be taken against prolific offenders.”

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