A prolific shoplifter who “blighted” Blackpool, verbally assaulting shop staff and notching up 330 convictions, has been slapped with an order banning him from the town centre.
Glenn Stacey has been handed a criminal anti-social behaviour order (CRASBO) barring him from entering the resort town centre for three years.
Blackpool Police and Blackpool Improvement District (BID) compiled a dossier charting 220 incidents involving Stacey, 54, including stealing, using threatening behaviour and alcohol related offences.
Shop staff have said the “aggressive” and “intimidating” behaviour was “exhausting” to deal with.
He was known to target a range of shops in the centre, from stealing food from Co-op to intimidating staff in Wilkinson’s and also targeting Toymaster, Debenhams, H Samuel, Lloyds Pharmacy, New Look and Iceland.
Tristan Malgeri, a supervisor at Co-op on Abingdon Street, said Stacey would enter the store up to three times a night to steal meat.
He said: “We did see quite a lot of him, he could be shouting and screaming and throwing things around, he steals a lot of stuff. It was a nuisance and exhausting to deal with.”
Businesses in the town centre have said they are “relieved” to finally have the order, having already imposed their own bans to deter him from at least 85 town centre stores.
Michael Hilliard, security officer at Wilkinson’s on Dickson Road, said: “We’re very happy something’s been done, Glenn Stacey was a major pain and a prolific, persistent offender.
“At last something has been done. I think we’ve nicked him once a month in the last six months, and that’s the times when we’ve caught him.
“He can be verbally aggressive, he always made threats.”
Stacey, of Victory Road, Blackpool, has also been given a large exclusion zone where he must not be found drinking alcohol, be found drunk or behaving in an anti social manner.
Lancashire Police successfully applied for the CRASBO which bans Stacey from the town centre area, except to visit the Job Centre, Town Hall, his doctor, dentist and solicitor.
PC Zak Hill said: “We were seeing him on a daily basis and town centre stores were on guard. It’s very frustrating that on occasion he’s come straight out of court and gone in to town to commit further offences.
“Existing measures were having limited effect.”
The order was applied for with BID, who compiled reports and statements from its more than 80 members having banned Stacey from a high percentage of premises through three Shop Watch bans over five years.
Les Ball, business support manager for BID, said: “Stacey was very, very vocal when challenged, and he was a persistent shoplifter.
“His behaviour was intimidating to shop staff. They will welcome this order.”
And Douglas Peterson, BID’s crime warden, added: “People felt harrassed and distressed, it was having a detrimental effect on staff, businesses and members of the public.
“It was on a daily basis that these incidents occured, that’s why we felt the order was needed.”
Police said Stacey was notorious for visiting almost all shops in the town centre, causing a nuisance by stealing and then being aggressive and violent when stopped by store security guards.
PC Hill added: “While they have a job to do they don’t have to be put in that position and deal with abusive and aggressive behaviour.
“We’re hoping for some respite for these businesses.
“Three years is a considerable amount of time and the judge has made clear that there are penalties.”
Stacey’s lawyer Michael Woosnam said he understood and accepted the order.
He said: “There have been successful discussions and the exclusion zone now allows my client to access a Job Centre,the Town Hall,his doctor ,dentist and his solicitor.”