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Prolific shoplifter jailed after stealing from Gatwick Airport store

A prolific shoplifter has been jailed for beaching his Criminal Behaviour Order at Gatwick Airport.

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About 2.50am on Friday 12 November, police received a report of a theft at Marks and Spencer, in the North Terminal.

A man had entered the store, which was closed to customers, through a small gap in the shutters. The gap was being used by staff and maintenance workers to carry out refurbishments.

They challenged the man and asked him to leave. As he did so, he grabbed two bottles of rum worth £16.99 each and ran from the store.

He was chased and detained, and identified as Darren Pullen, 52, unemployed, of no fixed address.

The two bottles he stole were recovered, one of which had already been opened and partially consumed.

Enquiries revealed Pullen was subject to a three-year Criminal Behaviour Order imposed by Horsham Magistrates’ Court 24 July due to a history of similar offences.

This prohibits him from entering any premises displaying a Crawley or Gatwick Shopwatch sticker, and entering Gatwick Airport unless as a passenger with proof of a valid ticket.

He was subsequently arrested and charged with burglary and breach of a Criminal Behaviour Order, and remanded in custody to appear before Crawley Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 12 November.

He pleaded guilty to both offences and was sentenced to a total of 12 weeks’ imprisonment, and ordered to pay £16.99 compensation.

PC Jonny Walker, of the Gatwick Prevention Team, said:

“Pullen has been a thorn in the side of the retail community at Gatwick Airport for several months, and we built a case for the Crown Prosecution Service to consider a Criminal Behaviour Order due to his numerous offences of shoplifting and antisocial behaviour.

“Unfortunately, he has shown a blatant disregard for the order, which is why he now faces a number of weeks in prison.

“We hope this sentence serves as a reminder that this sort of behaviour will not be tolerated at Gatwick Airport – or anywhere else in Sussex for that matter.

“This is a great example of partnership working between Sussex Police, Gatwick Airport and its retailers, who played a key role in reporting offences to bring this case to court.

“We work closely together to prevent and detect crime, and to take action against anyone caught committing offences.”

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Now you can fly to Cornwall from Gatwick Airport from just £35

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It’s almost a quarter of the price of taking the train, but now that Flybe has changed its Newquay route from Heathrow to Gatwick it means it is now so much easier to visit the area and possibly much cheaper.

Obviously prices fluctuate by the minute but when we looked to book a flight on a Saturday evening in July we were amazed to find a single ticket cost just £35.18!

Now this price only came with standard cabin baggage allowance which allowed for two bags which together could not total more than 10kg.

The flight only takes 1 hour and 15 minutes and is on a De Havilland DHC-8 400 series, which is a turboprop-powered airplane.

We compared the price to a train ticket departing on the same day. The cheapest ticket we could find was £119.30 but which in addition would take 6 hours and 17 minutes with a change at Reading as well.

All this only weeks after the airline received government help to avert a collapse. Currently they fly to Newquay from Heathrow but come March the route will instead be from Gatwick.

So maybe now is the time to get those Cornish holidays booked as this is likely to become a very popular route.

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