Mansfield thief jailed just days after being released

09-0565-2''Mansfield Magistrates Court
09-0565-2''Mansfield Magistrates Court

A Mansfield man is back behind bars after committing shop thefts days after being released from prison.

Lee Vernon Wightman (39) of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to theft and of breaching the terms of an Antisocial Behaviour Order (ASBO) banning him from Mansfield retail parks.

At Mansfield Magistrates’ Court today, Wednesday 3rd September, he was sentenced to 18 weeks in prison.

The court heard that on Sunday 30th August and Monday 1st September, Wightman had stolen items of clothing from Peacock’s in St Peter’s Retail Park, Mansfield. He was identified as the offender, arrested and charged with theft and for breaching the ASBO on two occasions.

Police Constable Colin Kirkup, beat manager for Mansfield Town Centre said: “We have worked hard, along with our partners, to give Wightman help, support and alternatives to crime.

“The ASBO imposed on him in June 2014 was designed to prevent him entering the retail parks.

“But sadly just days after leaving prison he has committed theft and breached this ASBO showing he has no interest in acting within the law.

“We have a duty to allow people to go about their daily business without fear of becoming a victim of crime. I hope this sentence shows that we work hard to make our town centre a pleasant place to be.”