A HACKNEY THIEF has been banned from drinking in London – for 25 years. Rodney Williams, 34, was given an antisocial behaviour order preventing him from entering any pub, bar, restaurant, café, club or other licensed premises within Greater London.
The Asbo was imposed at Snaresbrook Crown Court, where Williams was making his latest court appearance.
He had admitted 13 thirteen charges of theft in May 2014, for which he was jailed for four years on the first charge and four years on each of the other 12 counts, to run concurrently.
Police arrested Williams on 19 April 2014 after a handbag was stolen from a bar in Hoxton. Hackney police quickly realised he was a suspect in other thefts from people in pubs, clubs and restaurants along the A10 corridor (which starts in the south of Hackney as Shoreditch High Street and Kingsland Road).
Acting Chief Inspector Ian Simpkins, of Hackney police, said that the “excellent result” would not have been possible without the work of Hackney’s night-time economy team and of PC William Brown from Hackney’s anti-social behaviour team.
Simpkins added: “Keep phones and wallets in pockets at the front of your body and ensure handbags are kept zipped up. Never leave your mobile phone or laptop on a table unattended.”
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