Woman Banned From Manchester City Centre

4 November 2011, 13:02

Manchester City Council obtained an anti social behaviour order against Linda Boyd, of Acomb Street in Hulme, during a hearing at Manchester Magistrates Court on Tuesday, October 25.

Boyd, aged 31, who did not turn up to the hearing, is now banned from going anywhere within the inner ring road.

She was convicted of theft and given a suspended prison sentence after being caught with a large amount of tobacco and bottles of alcohol stolen from a shop on Hanover Street, Shudehill, during the August riots.

The council says Boyd has a long history of convictions for shoplifting going back several years, including stealing from a Poundland store in the Arndale Centre in March, stealing from the Co-op in High Street in February, and stealing from JD Sports in the Arndale in January.

The order, which lasts until October 2016, also bans her from remaining in any shop or other commercial premises if asked to leave by staff.

Boyd could be sent to prison if she is found to have broken either of these conditions.

Manchester City Council recently took out the first ASBO against somebody convicted in connection with the August riots, banning Jason Ulett of Ancoats from the city centre.

Councillor Paul Andrews, Manchester City Council's executive member for neighbourhood services, said:

"We have already seen a strong reaction to the riots by Manchester residents, Greater Manchester Police
and the courts, and the city council will continue to issue ASBOs against those responsible.

"The message is simple, if you attempt to ruin our city centre, you are not welcome here."

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