Moorlands man banned from supermarkets


A Moorlands man has been Leek man banned from supermarkets.

John Yates, aged 61 of North Street in Leek, has been given a Criminal Behaviour Order preventing him from entering supermarkets in Leek town centre.

Yates was sentenced at North Staffordshire Justice Centre on Wednesday, March 6 after pleading guilty to offences of vehicle interference.

He was sentenced to a community order, 15 days rehabilitation activity, eight weeks curfew and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £85.

A three year criminal behaviour order (CBO) was also imposed by the court with several conditions meaning Yates cannot cause nuisance, alarm, harassment or distress to any person who resides or works or visits the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council local government area.

He also cannot enter or attempt to enter any supermarket within Leek town centre, or any retail premises from which he is banned, including Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrisons, Co-op Food and Wilko.

A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: “In addition, Yates is prohibited from entering the grounds of any private dwelling without the expressed consent of the owner, or touching any vehicle that does not belong to him without the consent of the registered keeper, with the exception of public transport.”

If Yates does not comply with all of the provisions, he will be committing a criminal offence, for which he could be sent to prison.

Deputy Commander of Staffordshire Moorlands Neighbourhood Policing Team, Sergeant Rob Peacock, said: “I am pleased with the outcome of this case.

It has involved hours of hard work from local officers and it shows that anti-social and criminal behaviour will not be tolerated in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

I would like to thank the community for giving up their time to provide evidence of his offending which has support the issuing of the criminal behaviour order.

John Yates has caused numerous serious issues over an extended period of time and this is an example of our zero-tolerance approach to those that cause significant disruption within the community.

We hope that this order will reduce the risk of him re-offending, and in turn benefit the stores and local residents.“

If anyone has information regarding crime in their local community, let your local PCSO know, call 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.