Preston vehicle thief banned from being in a car

Preston Magistrates Court
Preston Magistrates Court
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One of Preston’s worst vehicle thieves has been banned from being in a car.

Thieving Christopher Shields, 18, of Maple Grove, Ribbleton, who targeted residents in an affluent surburban area of Preston, faces jail if he is seen in a car - unless it is a bus or taxi.

Shields is now suffering the consequences of his behaviour. If others behave in a threatening, alarming or distressing way we should work together to stop them and to make the area you live safer

Under the terms of a new Criminal Behaviour Order, he is only permitted to be in a car with its registered keeper.

Police added he had “blighted the lives of residents in the Longsands and Sharoe Green areas” over the last few years, targeting residents’ cars, garages, sheds and occasionally properties in suburban affluent areas.

Shields is banned from parts of Fulwood and is prohibited from possessing any portable electronic device in the city of Preston unless he can prove he owns it. He is also banned from being within the boundaries of someone’s home without the presence of the occupier, officers said.

Shields was sentenced to 18 weeks in prison by Preston Magistrates’ Court on May 13 after being found guilty of theft from motor vehicles, and is due for release in two weeks.

Following his release from prison, neighbourhood officers will be delivering leaflets in the areas where Shields has caused problems.

Insp Paul McLernon said: “This order shows our absolute commitment to keeping our communities safe. If Shields breaks the conditions of the order he risks arrest and could be sent to prison. If you see Shields breaching his Criminal Behaviour Order please tell us.

“Shields is now suffering the consequences of his behaviour. If others behave in a threatening, alarming or distressing way we should work together to stop them and to make the area you live safer.”

Call police on 101.