‘Prolific’ Thurrock thief jailed and banned from shops in Grays and Tilbury

A ‘PROLIFIC’ shoplifter has been jailed and banned from Grays town centre after appearing in court last week.

Darren Tubby, 46, of Canberra Square in Tilbury, has also been banned from coming within 50 metres of Tesco Express in Calcutta Road, Tilbury.

He was convicted at Basildon Magistrates’ Court last week of seven thefts, two attempted thefts and a public order offence.

The court heard he had targeted QD, Tesco, Morrisons, Wilko, Poundland, Superdry and Aldi between June and August of this year.

In addition to the banning orders, he was given a 16-week jail term and ordered to pay £238.34 compensation.

Sergeant Ben Forbes, of the Thurrock Town Centre Team, said: “Tubby was a prolific shoplifter whose offending was having a detrimental impact on businesses and law-abiding members of the public in our town centre.

“The Town Centre Team worked closely with officers in other teams, businesses and Thurrock Council to gather evidence to bring him to court.

“This team effort has led to Tubby being jailed and subject of a criminal behaviour order, which we hope will curtail his offending in the future.”

Charles Thomson

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