A thief who assaulted store staff in Margate has been barred from drinking alcohol in public.

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Reece Baker

Officers from Kent Police’s Anti-social Behaviour Team worked with Thanet Community Safety Unit to build a case against Reece Baker following a number of reports of nuisance behaviour in the town centre.

The 31-year-old, of no fixed address, was jailed for 120 days at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court on 8 August 2023 after he admitted theft and two counts of assault.

He appeared back in front of the court on 17 August, where he was given a two-year Criminal Behaviour Order which prohibits him from drinking alcohol in public or having an open container of alcohol in public.

The order, which covers the whole district, also prevents him from sitting on the ground in front of retail premises during opening hours or obstructing their entrances. He is also forbidden from entering any communal staircase unless there is a relevant reason as set out by the court order.

The theft offence relates to an incident on Tuesday 11 April when he returned multiple times to steal milk and bread which had just been delivered outside a commercial premises in Margate High Street.

He carried out the assaults on Wednesday 10 May, after he was refused entry to one store as they had previously banned him, so made his way into a shop, where he became aggressive towards a member of staff. He then left the store, and following an exchange with a security guard, punched him. Baker also assaulted another shop worker who had tried to assist the security guard in detaining him.

After leaving the scene he was found and arrested by officers a short time later.

Businesses encouraged to report ASB

Sergeant Daniel Bartlett of the ASB team said: ‘Anyone found displaying the same kind of nuisance behaviour towards shop staff in Thanet, that Reece Baker displayed, can expect action taken against them. People should be able to run their businesses without regular disruptions from those who think they can steal what they like and get away with it.

‘Neighbourhood beat officers have a good knowledge of repeat offenders in their wards, and will work with businesses and residents to identify and deter further crime and disorder.

‘Anyone who finds themselves the victim of anti-social behaviour is encouraged to report it to police.’

By Ed

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