A man has been banned from a number of shops in Rickmansworth after going on a shoplifting spree.

Jamie Lee, 31, of Stag Lane, Chorleywood had shoplifted goods on several occasions between October 2018 and June 2019.

It included goods such as meat, fish and alcohol from M&S in Rickmansworth High Street, the BP Garage in Uxbridge Road and Tesco Express in Berry Lane, Rickmansworth.

On Wednesday (June 5) this year, Lee assaulted a customer and member of staff in M&S on Rickmansworth High Street when he attempted to shoplift a large amount of meat worth approximately £250.

After appearing at St Albans Magistrates Court on Wednesday (June 26), he pleaded guilty to ten counts of theft from a shop and one count of common assault.

He was also given a two-year Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO), which will be in effect until May 2021.

It prohibits Lee from entering all three premises mentioned above for two years. If he breaches the conditions, he will be arrested.

Staff at all three locations have been informed and were provided with a photograph of Lee so they are able to enforce the order.

The CBO was applied for by the Rickmansworth and Croxley Green’s Safer Neighbourhood Team and granted by the magistrates.

Lee must also take part in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation programme, as well as pay court costs of £45, compensation of £122.50 and a victim surcharge of £85.

Sergeant Neil Canning, from the Rickmansworth and Croxley Green Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Lee’s offending has been prolific and as such he has been a scourge on the businesses in this community, consistently shoplifting day after day, and becoming aggressive towards people who bravely attempted to challenge his behaviour.

“The application of the order demonstrates that we are not averse to taking robust action against people whose activities have a detrimental effect on law-abiding members of the public.

“I would urge any residents who believe they are witnessing Lee breaching his conditions by entering any of these premises to not approach him but instead contact us with the details.”