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Agressive beggar who stole from shops in Trafford has been locked up

An agressive beggar who also stole from shops in Trafford and has repeatedly ignored a criminal behaviour order has been jailed.

Kevin Keogh

Kevin Keogh

Kevin Keogh (05/08/1966) of Manchester Road, Audenshaw was sentenced to two years in prison at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court today (Monday 4 February 2019) after pleading guilty to theft and breaches of a criminal behaviour order (CBO).

Keogh was arrested on Saturday 29 December 2018 on suspicion of theft and ten breaches of a CBO.

The order requires him to remain outside an exclusion zone that includes most of Whalley Range, Stretford, Old Trafford, Chorlton and Hulme.

It was imposed at Minshull Street Crown Court on 16 November 2018 due to a history of aggressive begging, anti-social behaviour and shoplifting offences committed in the specified areas.

Upon arrest he was taken to Longsight police station, where he tested positive for drugs.

Altogether, Keogh committed 11 offences in just over a month at the following places:

  • Aldi, White City Retail Park, Old Trafford.
  • Asda Greenheys Lane, Hulme.
  • Co-op Withington Road, Whalley Range.
  • Twice visiting Costa, White City Retail Park, Old Trafford.
  • Twice visiting Stretford Mall.
  • Visiting Co-op Birleyfields, Stretford Road, Hulme three times.

Police Constable David Stapley of GMP’s City of Manchester Division said: “Keogh’s CBO was imposed for a reason: He was a prolific shoplifter whose frequent and aggressive begging made members of the public fear for their safety.

“He chose to completely ignore the order and to continue entering areas he was strictly forbidden from.

“There orders are a useful tool as they address offending while also offering people a second chance to avoid jail time.

“Keogh ignored this olive branch and today’s sentencing sends a strong message that we will not tolerate individuals wilfully ignoring the punishments handed to them by courts.

“To put it simply – if you don’t abide by the rules; your next destination will be prison.”

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