Milk Tray thief banned from every Co-op in St Helens

Andrew Joseph Paladino
Andrew Joseph Paladino
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A prolific shoplifter who stole over £100 worth of Milk Tray choccies has been banned from EVERY Co-op in St Helens.

Andrew Paladino, of Billinge Crescent, Blackbrook, was hit with the unusual punishment as part of a four-year Criminal Behaviour Order dished out by JPs at St Helens Magistrates’ Court.

The 35-year-old has also been jailed for 30 weeks after he was found guilty of six thefts from the Co-operative shop in Blackbrook Road, St Helens.

Inspector Steve Lowe of St Helens police said Paladino had blighted his community.

He added: “Paladino has been causing considerable problems to retailers and others in the town centre. The public and local businesses need to be aware of his behaviour and the conditions the court has imposed on him.

“The local community has been affected and people can now act as our eyes and ears to make sure that Paladino lives by those conditions.

“If anyone witnesses him behaving in an anti-social manner they are urged to pass that information on to the police. Breaching the conditions of a CBO is a serious matter and 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 environment.

“All the people who contributed to this application are very pleased with the result, and the positive action taken by the court.”

As part of his CBO, Paladino is banned from:

Enter any Co-op self-service retail store within the borough of St Helens

Enter any other self-service retail store within the borough of St Helens without the express permission of the store manager or other staff member authorised to give such permission

​​Remain on any such premises within the borough of St Helens when asked to leave by the premises owner / manager / staff member or other authorised person acting on behalf of that store

Whilst permitted to enter such premises or asked to leave any such premises MUST NOT USE any abusive, threatening or offensive words or behaviour, including but not limited to shouting and swearing, that causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to any person within the borough of St Helens.

Such behaviour to include, but is not limited to using abusive or threatening words or behaviour whilst in a public place. For the purposes of this Order any other Person also includes Police Officers and Police Community Support Officers.

If Paladino does not comply with the provisions of this order he will commit an offence and may be sent to prison.