Notorious shoplifter barred from every M&S and Co-op in the UK

Callum MacDonald
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A notorious shoplifter has been banned from all Co-op and Marks and Spencer stores across the nation. Callum MacDonald, 20, could be jailed for five years if he breaks the terms of his Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO).

He was convicted of three separate thefts in January where he stole hundreds of pounds worth of alcohol, food and household items. MacDonald, from Frome, was then handed the CBO by magistrates in Yeovil following an application from Avon and Somerset Police's Antisocial Behaviour Team and the Neighbourhood Policing Team.

The CBO is in place for three years and also restricts MacDonald from visiting specified branches of Boots, Iceland and a Shell service station in Frome. As well as being banned from named shops, he is forbidden from entering any business or retail premises at which he has previously been issued with a verbal or written ban. He is also not allowed to remain on any business or retail premises, or public or private grounds, when asked to leave by staff, the owner, occupier, security, police or council appointed officials.

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Neighbourhood Inspector Matt Reed said: "Callum MacDonald is far more than a nuisance. His offending has had a significant impact on shop workers, business owners and on police, with valuable resources being used to respond to and investigate incidents he's involved in.

"The CBO he is now subject to ensures the people and businesses he has most frequently targeted can be reassured measures are in place to prevent him from reoffending. Should he breach any of the conditions he is likely to be arrested and could serve time in prison.

Callum MacDonald
Callum MacDonald -Credit:Avon and Somerset Police

"We are committed to working with businesses to offer crime prevention advice and to reduce the number of shoplifting offences, which nationally have been on the rise. And when it comes to the most persistent offenders, we will utilise all the tools at our disposal, including civil orders such as this CBO."