Local Epsom Man Convicted of Shoplifting and Assault Offences

A man who stole hundreds of pounds worth of handbags from an Epsom department store, breached the conditions of his Criminal Behaviour Order and then assaulted custody staff has appeared in court.

Darren Beckett, 34, of Miles Road, Epsom, was sentenced to eight weeks in prison, which was suspended for 12 months, when he appeared at Staines Magistrates Court on November 21.

He was arrested last Wednesday, 20th November, after he was captured on CCTV taking three handbags from the House of Fraser store in Epsom without making any attempt to pay for them. Beckett was also caught on CCTV breaching the conditions of a Criminal Behaviour Order granted in February 2018 which prohibits him from going into any Marks and Spencers in Surrey after he was spotted in the Epsom branch in the Ashley Centre.

He was arrested and taken into custody, where he threw a cup of water at staff, which hit a detention officer and a healthcare professional and resulted in them getting wet. Beckett was subsequently charged with theft from a shop, two counts of assaulting an emergency worker and breach of a Criminal Behaviour Order.

Beckett was given the three-year CBO, which bans him from shops across the county, due to his persistent criminal behaviour and the blatant disregarded to banning letters issued by the shops to try and curb his offending. The order is in place until February 8 2021.

The order bans him from entering the following shops:

Marks and Spencer
Cooperative Retail Services
Boots Lloyds Pharmacy
TK Maxx
Cost Cutter
BP service stations

In Epsom he is not allowed to enter:
Pound Lane Convenience Store
Epsom News Agency
Waterloo Road, Epsom
Epsom Bathroom Centre

East Epsom except for Sainsbury’s Kiln Lane, 

Anyone who sees Beckett contravening the conditions of the order is urged to get in touch with us straightaway by calling 101 and quoting reference PR/45190124779.

Message Sent By
Jo Wright (Surrey Police, Office Manager, Epsom & Ewell)

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