An Epsom man who stole hundreds of pounds worth of handbags from an Epsom department store, breached the conditions of his Criminal Behaviour Order and then assaulted custody staff has appeared in court.

Darren Beckett, 34, of Miles Road, was sentenced to eight weeks in prison, which was suspended for 12 months, when he appeared at Staines Magistrates Court on November 21.

He was arrested on November 20 after he was captured on CCTV taking three handbags from the House of Fraser store without making any attempt to pay for them.

Beckett was also caught on CCTV breaching the conditions of a CBO granted in February 2018 which prohibits him from going into any Marks and Spencers in Surrey after he was spotted in the Epsom branch in the Ashley Centre.

He was arrested and taken into custody, where he threw a cup of water at staff, which hit a detention officer and a health care professional and resulted in them getting wet.

Beckett was subsequently charged with theft from a shop, two counts of assaulting an emergency worker and breach of a CBO.

Beckett was given the three-year CBO, which bans him from shops across the county, due to his persistent criminal behaviour and the blatant disregarded to banning letters issued by the shops to try and curb his offending.

The order is in place until February 8, 2021.

The order bans him from entering the following shops:

  • Sainsbury’s
  • Marks and Spencer
  • Cooperative Retail Services
  • Boots Lloyds Pharmacy
  • TK Maxx
  • Cost Cutter
  • BP service stations
  • In Epsom he is not allowed to enter:
  • Pound Lane Convenience Store
  • Epsom News Agency
  • Waterloo Road, Epsom
  • Epsom Bathroom Centre
  • East Epsom except for Sainsbury’s Kiln Lane, Epsom, Surrey KT17 1EQ

Anyone who sees Beckett contravening the conditions of the order is urged to get in touch with Surrey Police by calling 101 and quoting reference PR/45190124779.