Prolific thief banned from Dewsbury Asda store

Lexus James Wakefield
Lexus James Wakefield

A prolific thief has been banned from entering stores and buildings Dewsbury and Huddersfield after authorities used new legislation.

Lexus James Wakefield, 32, from Huddersfield, was made the subject of a two year Criminal Behaviour Order in late November after being convicted of thefts, an assault on a detention officer, assaulting a police officer and anti-social behaviour earlier this year.

The order was granted following an application by Kirklees Council and Kirklees District Police as part of the Kirklees Anti-Social Behaviour Partnership.

It bans him from entering the Asda store on Mill Street West in Dewsbury. entering Huddersfield bus station, Upperhead Row and the area immediately outside, including the multi-storey car park with the exception of attending solicitors’ offices.

He is also forbidden to enter Poundland in New Street, Huddersfield and remain in any retail premises within the town if asked to leave,

The order also bans Wakefield from asking for money across the Huddersfield area.

Criminal Behaviour Orders (CBOs) came into force in October last year under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 and are aimed at tackling the most serious and persistent offenders.

Several CBOs have now been taken out in the Kirklees area to prevent repeat offending and help rehabilitate known criminals.

Sergeant Andy Lockwood, of Kirklees District Police, said: “We are continuing to make full use of the CBO legislation to target those whose criminal and anti-social behaviour has had an ongoing detrimental impact on local communities.

“The granting of this latest order is another good illustration of how the police and council are working together to provide long-term solutions to issues that affect local people’s quality of life.

“I hope this order will provide some reassurance to local businesses and residents in Huddersfield and Dewsbury, and serves as a warning to offenders that we will use every legal means we can to prevent them from re-offending.”