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7 December 2018, 16:26
A 54 year old man has been sentenced at court for breaching a string of criminal behaviour orders.
Michael Joseph Smith of no fixed abode was arrested yesterday (Thursday 6th December) on suspicion of theft and taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning.
He was subsequently charged with theft as well as breach on five occasions of community behaviour orders in the areas of St Stevens Church Lane and breach of one community protection notice in the Old Cattle Market bus station during October and November this year.
He was also charged with three counts of theft from shops, including the theft of five handbags totalling over £400 in value from Joules and breach of a three year criminal behaviour order between 23 October and 25 November.
He also breached a suspended sentence order (SSO) and consequently, at Ipswich Crown Court today (Friday 7 December) Smith was given a six month prison sentence that was activated as a result of these offences.
PC Benjamin Towns said: "Smith's actions and his unreasonable behaviour has been prolific in Ipswich and have caused significant problems for local businesses, their staff and members of the public. We hope this result reassures the local community that we are taking action against individuals who persistently engage in crime."