A prolific shoplifter from Faversham has been jailed at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court and banned from entering several stores across Kent for three years.

Christopher Lamb, 42, was handed a three-month prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to eight counts of shop theft.

Christopher Lamb latest
Christopher Lamb

He was sentenced at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court on 29 February 2024 and will be subject to a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) for three years. The order bans Lamb from entering any Aldi, Co-op or Superdrug store in the county during that period. He is also prohibited from entering any retail premises while carrying a bag, loitering outside any shop or cashpoint and must leave a shop if asked to do so. Further conditions prevent him from approaching any member of the public and asking for money or charitable donations.

The CBO, applied for by Kent Police’s Strategic Prevention Command, was in response to a series of thefts in Sittingbourne between February and June 2023.

PC Jamie Spencer said: 

‘Shoplifting is not only a crime that affects retailers but can also have a detrimental impact on local communities as businesses put up their prices to compensate for their losses.

‘Kent Police is determined to tackle this type of crime and I am pleased that Lamb has been handed both a custodial sentence and a CBO that will prevent his opportunity to reoffend on his release. If he breaches any of the conditions he will be immediately brought back before the court to answer for his actions.’

By Ed

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