A SERIAL shoplifter responsible for 23 separate offences has been given a criminal behaviour order (CBO).

Ashton Waugh, 23, of St Martins Drive, Brampton, was issued the two-year order on Tuesday at Carlisle’s magistrates’ court.

Waugh had been found guilty of 23 offences of shoplifting in Carlisle and Brampton at an earlier hearing.

Conditions of the CBO include.

Those include:

n not to go into specified shops in Brampton;

n not to enter any premises part of the Carlisle shopwatch / retailers against crime scheme;

n not to go into retail premises in Carlisle city centre.

PC Sam Butler, from Carlisle’s local focus team, said: “This CBO was a great outcome as Waugh is a prolific shoplifter. I hope the conditions will allow her to reflect on and change her behaviour.

“CBOs are a useful tool available to the courts which can help the offender to cease further criminality and help protect residents.

“In this instance, the court agreed with our application for the order regarding a persistent offender who we continually have to deal with, which takes away resources to those that genuinely require the help of officers.

“I would encourage anyone who witnesses the terms of such a court order being broken to contact police immediately. The punishment for breaking the terms of a CBO can be up to five years in prison.”