Prolific shoplifter banned from going to Rushden Lakes or any county Co-op

He has numerous convictions

By Sam Wildman
Tuesday, 25th February 2020, 6:00 am

A serial shoplifter has been banned from visiting Rushden Lakes once he is released from prison.

Darren Munt, formerly of Westfield Avenue in Rushden, is currently serving a 42-week jail sentence after he admitting stealing from Co-ops, Wilkinson and a pharmacy in his hometown.

Earlier this month magistrates also subjected him to a criminal behaviour order - despite the 31-year-old criminal opposing it over a videolink from jail.

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Darren Munt.

It means that, for the next two years, he is barred from visiting the popular shopping destination as well as any Co-op in Northamptonshire.

Magistrates also banned him from entering Rushden's town centre unless it is to pick up a prescription from Boots Pharmacy or to attend a pre-arrange appointment at Jobcentre Plus.

He is also not allowed to visit Asda in Washbrook Road.

Breaching a criminal behaviour order can be punished by up to five years behind bars.

Neighbourhood Policing Sergeant Leigh Goodwin from Northamptonshire Police said: “Darren Munt is a prolific shoplifter and this is reflected in the criminal behaviour order handed down to him.

“He will now be banned for two years from entering any shop in Rushden town centre and in Rushden Lakes.”

Munt has previous convictions for thefts at stores including Marks and Spencer, B&Q and Asda.