Criminal Behaviour Order
A 35-year-old woman from St.Helens has been given a
Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) under the Anti-Social Behaviour,
Crime and Policing Act 2014.
Maria Higham has been issued a full order by St.Helens
Magistrates that will last for two years from 19 January, 2015 and
means she is now prohibited from entering any self-service retail
store in St Helens town centre as well as any self-service store in
St Helens outside the town centre without the permission of a staff
She is also prohibited from residing, dwelling or spending the
night in any residence without the permission of the landlord,
owner or housing association.
St.Helens Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Brennan said: "This
individual has been causing considerable problems to retailers and
others in the town centre.
"I hope this sends out a strong message to those people who are
intent on blighting our communities, that we will use all the
powers and tools available to us to ensure the vast majority of our
citizens can live, work and socialise in a happy and safe
"We are determined to do everything we can to stop people taking
advantage of vulnerable adults living in the community and urge
anyone who knows of any similar situations to contact us."
The CBO was introduced last year to give agencies and
communities the power to deal with the hard-core of persistently
anti-social individuals who are also engaged in criminal
Breaching the order has tough criminal sanctions and can lead to
a maximum sentence of five years in prison.