Welwyn Garden City shoplifter convicted

PUBLISHED: 12:31 22 April 2016 | UPDATED: 12:35 22 April 2016

A man has been convicted for three shoplifting offences in Welwyn Garden City

A man has been convicted for three shoplifting offences in Welwyn Garden City

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A man has been convicted for three shoplifting offences in Welwyn Garden City

Ben Lynch, 38, of Welwyn Garden City, who was wanted by police, was convicted after a police community support officer (PCSO) spotted him whilst out on patrol at Woodhall Shops at the start of April.

PCSO Dan Farrugia recognised the offender and immediately called for assistance from PC Paul Mandrell, who quickly attended the scene and arrested Lynch.

Both officers belong to Welwyn Hatfield Safer Neighbour Team.

Lynch was charged with three shoplifting offences on Thursday, April 14. He appeared at St Albans Magistrates Court on the same day and pleaded guilty.

He was given a 12 month suspended sentence and conditions which aim to rehabilitate him to prevent reoffending.

Welwyn Garden City Safer Neighbourhood Team Sergeant Stephen Hynes said: “Our officers in the Safer Neighbourhood Team are out and about on patrol as much as they can be and always keep an eye out for wanted people.

“Due to PCSO Farrugia’s diligence an offender has been convicted and is under twelve months of conditional supervision.”


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