‘Prolific’ burglar banned from City of London for ten years

A “prolific criminal” from south east London has been banned from entering the City of London ten years after a burgling spree which cost businesses £40,000.

Neville Patrick Stanbury, 52, from Old Kent Road,was arrested in October 2021 and charged with stealing electrical equipment from five premises across the capital’s financial hub. 

He pleaded guilty and sentenced to three years community supervision, six months drug rehabilitation and 180 hours of unpaid work at the Inner London Crown Court on December 6, 2021.

He is required to attend court every six weeks so that the judge can monitor his progress and will not be permitted to enter the City of London until December 2031.

The criminal behaviour order also bans him from “tailgating” his way into buildings he is not allowed access to, impersonating employees and disposing of or selling electronics.

Acting Detective Sergeant Kirsty Richardson of the City of London Police said: “We are pleased that His Honour Judge Ian Darling was able to approve the Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) recommended by the City of London Police, preventing Stanbury from targeting further premises in the Square Mile.

“Stanbury is a prolific criminal, and his most recent offences, which included theft of electrical equipment from five premises across the City, cost local businesses almost £40,000 in damages and replacement of property.

“Theft from large organisations is not a victimless crime. Businesses have been hit hard during the COVID-19 pandemic, and criminal activity such as this could be a breaking point for many.

“We will actively seek to use CBOs to effectively protect the City and the people who live, work and visit here.”

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