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Shoplifting beggar from Audenshaw jailed after eleven breaches of criminal order in just six weeks
Monday 4th February 2019 @ 15:23 by Tom Greggan
Denton & Audenshaw News Tameside

A prolific shoplifting beggar from Audenshaw has been jailed after breaching his criminal behaviour order (CBO) eleven times in just six weeks.

52-year-old Kevin Keogh, of Manchester Road, was sentenced to two years in prison at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court today. He pleaded guilty to theft and breaches of a criminal of a CBO.

Keogh’s criminal behaviour order was issued on November 16th 2018, due to a history of aggressive begging, anti-social behaviour and shoplifting offences committed in south Manchester.

The order requires him to remain outside an exclusion zone that includes most of Whalley Range, Stretford, Old Trafford, Chorlton and Hulme.

But Keogh was arrested on December 29th 2018 on suspicion of theft and ten breaches of his CBO. He was taken to Longsight police station, where he tested positive for drugs.

Keogh had committed eleven offences in just over a month, visiting Old Trafford and Stretford three times each, as well as Hulme four times and Whalley Range once. 

Police Constable David Stapley of GMP’s City of Manchester Division said: “Keogh’s CBO was imposed for a reason: He was a prolific shoplifter whose frequent and aggressive begging made members of the public fear for their safety. 

“He chose to completely ignore the order and to continue entering areas he was strictly forbidden from. 

“There orders are a useful tool as they address offending while also offering people a second chance to avoid jail time. 

“Keogh ignored this olive branch and today’s sentencing sends a strong message that we will not tolerate individuals wilfully ignoring the punishments handed to them by courts. 

“To put it simply – if you don’t abide by the rules; your next destination will be prison.”