Man banned from stepping foot in part of London until 2031 after ‘prolific’ thefts

A ‘prolific burglar’ has been banned from stepping foot in part of London after a string of thefts which cost businesses almost £40,000.

Neville Patrick Stanbury, 52, will not be allowed to enter the square mile of the City of London until December 2031.

Stanbury, who lives in nearby Southwark, was arrested in October on five counts of burglary.

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He stole electrical equipment from five premises across the City, costing local businesses thousands in damages and replacements.

In December he appeared at the Inner London Crown Court where Judge Ian Darling handed him a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) which specifically prevents him from tailgating any person into a building he doesn’t have access to.

It also prevents him from impersonating employees, entering any road with a City of London crest, and taking part in the disposal or sale of electronic tablets or laptops.

Alongside the CBO, Stanbury was sentenced to three years community supervision, six months drug rehabilitation and 180 hours of unpaid work.

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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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