Watch: South Derbyshire criminal sent to jail and banned from Swadlincote town centre
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Watch as officers from our Swadlincote Safer Neighbourhood Team join forces with South Derbyshire District Council’s wardens to detain a persistent offender in the town centre.
Daniel Singleton (pictured), a 26 year-old man who is of no fixed abode, was wanted by officers for a criminal damage and two shop thefts when he was seen by Police Community Support Officers (PCSO) and council wardens in Swadlincote town centre on Monday, 22 July.
The attached footage of his detention was caught on the body warn video warn by PCSO Jamie Guberlet.
On Friday, July 26, Mr Singleton appeared at South Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty to the offences of:
Criminal Damage at Sainsbury’s, Civic Way, Swadlincote on Monday, 13 May, where he damaged a security barrier with a trolley, having been refused entry by security staff
A theft of £70 worth of air fresheners from Tesco Express, Hearthcote Road, Swadlincote on Friday, 14 June
A theft of a bottle of Pimms from Sainsbury’s, High Street Newhall on Wednesday, 10 July.
Mr Singleton, who was also in breach of a suspended sentence order imposed on Friday, 21 June, where he was given a 9 months suspended prison sentence for five other shop thefts, was jailed for a total of 21 weeks.
He was also ordered to pay compensation of £236, court costs of ££85 and a victim surcharge of £115.
Inspector Kate Bateman, who is in charge of policing in South Derbyshire, said: “This is a great example of my officers working in partnership with our partners at South Derbyshire District Council.
“Mr Singleton is a persistent shoplifter in and around Swadlincote, causing crime and inconvenience against the shop owners in the area.
“I hope now that his spell in custody will give these victims some respite from his behaviour and time for Mr Singleton to consider the consequences of his criminality. It is also a strong message to others that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated in South Derbyshire.”
The magistrates also issued him with a 2-year Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) with the following conditions:
Enter the area marked red on the map below
Enter Sainsburys High Street, Newhall, Sainsburys Glamorgan Way, Church Gresley or Tesco Express Hearthcote Rd, Swadlincote
Carry or consume alcohol in an open vessel in any public place other than a licensed premise within S. Derbyshire.
Claire Rawlins, Anti-Social Behaviour Officer in South Derbyshire District Council’s Communities Team, said: “This is our first CBO where we have been able to completely ban someone out of the town centre so its testament to the levels of the nuisance and harassment that Mr Singleton was causing.
“The order will help to prevent him from causing any further issues within the area and will hopefully send out a strong message that we will not tolerate anti-social behaviour in Swadlincote and will proactively work with the community and local businesses to take action against offenders.”
The punishment for not following a CBO is up to five years in prison, an unlimited fine, or both.