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Prolific Carlisle thief back in the dock for festive theft

Peter Vickers

A prolific thief who flouted a court-imposed order by stealing from a Carlisle store just before Christmas has been warned he could face another jail term.

In 2019, Peter Martin Vickers, 43, was given a prison sentence and slapped with a criminal behaviour order, at the request of police, after embarking on a month-long shoplifting spree which netted him £2,500 worth of products.

The two-year CBO was imposed in a bid to curb his offending, and banned him from going into a host of shops across Carlisle city centre.

A constable had urged members of the public in a public appeal: “If you see Vickers ignoring the terms of the order then contact police immediately.”

As part of the order, Vickers, of Chatsworth Square, Carlisle was prohibited from entering all three city B&M Bargains shops.

But on 17th December he went into the English Street B&M store, snatching four alcohol gift sets with a total value of £25.96.

And at Carlisle Crown Court this morning, Vickers admitted charges of theft, breaching the CBO and going equipped for theft with a sharp bladed implement.

His barrister, Dan Travers, said the defendant had been “desperate for food” at the time.

Noting Vickers’ criminal record and past problems with alcohol, Recorder Eric Lamb adjourned the case for the preparation of a probation service pre-sentence report.

Vickers is due to be sentenced by a judge on 15th February, and was remanded in custody in the meantime.

“I am giving no indication as to, what the ultimate sentence will be. All sentencing options will remain open to the court on the next occasion,” Recorder Lamb told him.