Banned from entering Co-Op stores

A Bollington man has been banned from entering the town centre along with any Co-Operative store within the county for two years after he was issued a criminal behaviour order (CBO). 

Christopher Downes, of Bollington Road, Bollington, was handed the two-year order at Crewe Magistrates’ Court on Monday 7 August.

Under the CBO, which was applied for by Macclesfield South Beat Management, the 59-year-old is now banned from entering Macclesfield town centre as well as any Co-Operative store within Cheshire as a direct result of his extensive shoplifting history.

Downes will now only be allowed to enter the town centre to attend pre-arranged appointments at Macclesfield Police Station or the doctors surgery on Sunderland Street, otherwise he could face a prison sentence.

Sergeant Matthew Bassirat, of Macclesfield Local Policing Unit, said:

“Christopher Downes has been causing problems within this town through shoplifting for over two decades.

“I hope the granting of this CBO can provide some reassurance to residents and businesses in the area and will deter Downes’ behaviour in the future.

“If he fails to comply with the conditions, he could face time in prison.

“This should serve as a reminder that we will do all we can to crack down on those who insist to commit crime and cause issues in our communities.”

Anyone who encounters Cooke breaching any of the above restrictions is urged to contact Cheshire Police via or call 101, to report it.

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