Police use order to prevent reoffending by known Leeds thief

PCSO Matt Penn with the leaflets due to be distributed to residents.

PCSO Matt Penn with the leaflets due to be distributed to residents.

RESIDENTS in Leeds are being warned about a prolific offender with a history of stealing from cars.

Police are distributing leaflets setting out the scope of a criminal behaviour order (CBO) designed to stop Peter Whitley from reoffending.

It is being delivered to homes in areas of Bramley, Rodley and Farsley which the 33-year-old is no longer allowed to enter.

Orders can also be made against under 18s where other measures have failed to stop their offending.

PC Edel Fox, anti social behaviour link officer for Leeds District, said: “When you go through the process of obtaining a CBO, it’s a last resort.”

The orders, which replaced anti-social behaviour orders and drink banning orders in October 2014, can only be secured at the time of a conviction.

Applicants must prove the person’s behaviour in the past year was likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

Conditions of the order can include measures such as exclusion zones, curfews, rehabilitation programmes and training.

The CBO against Whitley, which runs until April 2019, is one of 25 in place across Leeds.

But PC Fox said not all orders were publicised with leaflets.

“Whitley has offended most of this life and on his doorstep,” she said. “People need to be aware of him.”

Breaching an order is a criminal offence and can lead to prison sentence of up to five years.