Southend shoplifter ordered to complete drug rehabilitation and banned from nine shops

A Southend man has been ordered to complete a drug rehabilitation course after admitting to shoplifting and persistent breaches of a criminal behaviour order.

Tommy Collinson, 36, of York Road, was arrested on April 20 by an officer from the city’s Operation Raker team who recognised him in Ilfracombe Avenue.

At Southend Magistrates’ Court on April 22, Collinson admitted committing 10 shop thefts – totalling £629.25 – of meat, fish, coffee, chocolate and cheese along with eight breaches of a criminal behaviour order between March 23 and April 15. He also admitted one count of assault by beating.

He was jailed for a total of 16 weeks, suspended for 12 months and given a six-month drug rehabilitation requirement with STARS and a 30-days rehabilitation activity requirement.

Magistrates also ordered Collinson to pay £629.95 compensation, £145 costs and a £187 victim surcharge.

The court also heard that Collinson had a three-year criminal behaviour order (CBO) imposed on him on April 14. This banned him from entering:

  • Farm Foods, Greyhound Retail Park, Southend
  • Matalan, Greyhound Retail Park, Southend
  • Tesco Express, Southchurch Road, Southend
  • Co-op, Sutton Road, Southend
  • Co-op, Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff
  • Co-op, London Road, Westcliff
  • Iceland, York Road, Southend
  • BP, London Road, Hadleigh

Magistrates agreed to continue the CBO but, additionally, to ban him from entering Iceland on the Greyhound Retail Park in Southend.

The TCT launched Operation Raker last year to target prolific repeat offenders, including shoplifters who steal in order to fund an addiction.

Since then, more than 30 people have been charged with more than 300 offences.