Three prolific thieves from Mansfield and Ashfield put behind bars

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David Lafferty, 42, was arrested last week after being linked to several thefts from stores over the summer.

Lafferty, of Bentinck Street, Sutton-in-Ashfield, helped himself to clothes, washing powder and health supplements worth more than £600.

Appearing at Mansfield Magistrates Court on September 1, 2022, Lafferty, who has multiple previous convictions, pleaded guilty to eight theft offenses and was jailed for six months.

The convictions come as police launch a crackdown on theft and anti-social behaviour. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Zeke Dalziel, 26, was filmed by CCTV using a bank card he had just stolen from a parked car.

Dalziel was seen buying scratch cards in a store after he broke into a car on Sadler Street Mansfield.

Dalziel, of Bailey Crescent, Mansfield, later pleaded guilty to theft and fraud by false representation and was jailed for six weeks on August 26. He will also have to serve the remainder of a previous sentence.

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Aaron Turner, 34, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to six thefts from stores in and around Mansfield and was jailed for 16 weeks on August 25.

Two other men have been charged with theft offences.

Inspector Kylie Davies, Mansfield District Commander, said: ‘Some people think shoplifting and other non-violent thefts are minor offenses, but that’s just not the case.

“These offenses have a huge impact on local businesses and the city at large. We will not tolerate them and work hard to identify and disrupt the most prolific offenders.

“We will soon be working with an ongoing cohort of five known repeat offenders and seeing what we can do to put a stop to their behavior. In addition to arresting and charging people, we will also seek criminal behavior orders which will be used to disrupt people’s activities.

“This recent wave of convictions is a further sign of that intent and we are working hard with our partners to bring more offenders to justice. My thanks go out to all the members of the Ward, Response, Incident Management and Prisoner Processing Teams who have worked so hard to achieve these results.

Criminal behavior orders are granted by magistrates to people convicted of offenses if they believe that person is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to others. Failure to comply with an order can result in a prison sentence of up to four years.

The first orders at Mansfield should be confirmed in the coming weeks. Officers then hope to target a continuously rotating cohort of five offenders.

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