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Winston Churchill, Shoplifter, Banned From Nottingham City Centre

20/02/2013 20:49 GMT

Winston Churchill, a thief with the same name as the legendary British politician, has been banned from all shops in a city centre after being convicted of numerous shoplifting offences.

The 48-year-old stole clothes from a camping store as well as from Hugo Boss, stores not renowned for being favoured by the former PM.

He stole high-value shirts and a ladies coat, which he went on to hide in another store nearby in order to avoid being caught.

When staff from Millets questioned him, he became abusive and left.

Nottinghamshire Police said staff inspected the rail close to where he was stood and discovered an item of clothing was missing and three security tags had been cut off the garment and placed in the pocket of another coat on display.

Churchill was later arrested and admitted to the theft. Upon his arrest, police also found a pair of pliers used to remove the security tags from stolen items.

He was convicted of three counts of theft and was sentenced to a 33-week prison sentence at Nottingham Magistrates' Court, a police spokeswoman said.

Along with the custodial sentence, Churchill was also handed a two-year Criminal Anti-Social Behaviour Order, which bans him from entering any shop or retail outlet within Nottingham city centre until June 30, 2015.

Councillor Alex Norris, portfolio holder for community protection, said: "This individual has a history of shoplifting offences and this order is necessary to protect the livelihood of these businesses and their staff.

"The details of the order will be circulated to all the city's shops, so any breaches can be dealt with swiftly."