Two career criminals shackled with Asbos
TWO criminals who have committed dozens of "horrendous" and "appalling" offences between them, including assaults, thefts and brandishing offensive weapons, have been given antisocial behaviour orders (Asbos).
Michael Nielson, 19, and Mark Noble, 41, were both handed two-year Asbos after Grimsby magistrates decided the sentences the pair had received for their past offending had acted as "no deterrent" to their criminal lifestyles.
Since 2003, Nielson's crimes have included three offences against people, nine against property, 20 theft offences, one public order offence, one drugs offence, two offensive weapons offences, 14 offences relating to police, prisons or courts, and at least 14 other incidents.
Meanwhile, persistent shoplifter Noble, who often targets shops in Freeman Street and Freshney Place, has an extensive criminal record, beginning in 1982, which also includes burglary, wounding, assaulting police officers, driving and drug offences, possessing a knife in a public place and assault causing actual bodily harm.
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Neighbourhood beat manager Richard Ames hopes Nielson, who is of no fixed address, will be deterred from offending by the conditions of his Asbo.
Mr Ames said: "Nielson is now 19 and he moves around the area, particularly the East Marsh.
"He is well-known to the police and, as a result of his ongoing criminal and antisocial behaviour, it has been necessary to apply to the courts for an Asbo for him.
"In truth, his record of previous offending is appalling and he now needs to come to terms with what he is doing and realise people are sick and tired of him and his criminal ways."
Constable Ryan Stratton, a neighbourhood beat manager, said Noble's behaviour was often "disgraceful and intimidating".
He said: "When in drink and under the influence of drugs, Noble can get violent when caught stealing from shops.
"Most shoplifters are relatively passive when caught, but some can kick off and make problems for those who are trying to detain them.
"Noble is such a person and his behaviour is disgraceful and intimidating.
"Obviously, some members of the public will witness what he does and this, in turn, creates fear. In the past he has concentrated his shoplifting more in the Freeman Street area, but he now has a quite large exclusion zone there that will give some respite to those who might otherwise be victimised by him.
"I will be watching him very closely and, if he does transgress within the top town area of Grimsby, or anywhere else for that matter, we shall apply to the courts to have his Asbo varied to get him completely banned from there as well."
Noble, of Castle Street, Grimsby, was also handed a 12-month community order for possessing items for use in connection with theft on March 4 and for possessing cannabis on May 26.