Magistrates ban serial thief from entering North Yorkshire

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Serial thief Lee Newbould found himself back in court after an attempt to walk almost 20 miles home to Leeds went seriously off track.

Harrogate magistrates were told that 31-year-old Newbould had on his criminal record numerous dishonesty counts littered among the 86 convictions and his lack of money led to a suggestion that video games stolen from Sainsbury’s might yield enough to fund a taxi fare home.

Newbould pleaded guilty to stealing two Xbox 360 video games consoles, two controllers and five packets of tablets worth a total of £143.51.

Prosecutor Steven Ovenden said Newbould, of Old Run View, Middleton, Leeds, was seen on the supermarket’s CCTV system taking boxes from his basket and concealing them under his jacket.

Mr Ovenden said Newbould’s last court appearance had seen him jailed for four months for theft by Leeds magistrates.

Probation reports were ordered and he was bailed until April 14 and banned from entering North Yorkshire.

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