Mar 29 2012 by Rachel Flint, Chester Chronicle
A DESPICABLE thief who snatched hundreds of pounds from poppy tins on Armistice Day has been banned from entering the community he stole from for five years.
When Bradley Higham, 34, stole more than £300 from poppy collection tins across Frodsham, Chester and Warrington a massive man hunt was launched by Cheshire Police to catch the ‘disrespectful’ thief.
Generous residents in Frodsham were left shocked and saddened after the thief, from the Birchwood area of Warrington, sneaked into Lawless Bakery and snatched the collection tin while the rest of the town stood in silence to honour thousands of soldiers who died fighting for their country.
Now Higham, who was sentenced to eight months in jail by Warrington Crown Court on January 23, is back on the streets after being released from prison after spending less than three months behind bars for his ‘despicable’ crimes.
Residents in the market town are now being asked to look out for Higham, who is living in Liverpool, who is subject to an ASBO which will place him back behind bars if he places a foot inside Frodsham or Helsby during the next five years.
DCI Paul Beauchamp of Cheshire Police said that the community had been left ‘shocked’ and ‘appalled’ by the crimes which had taken money away which had been generously donated by residents and shoppers.
“The nature of this man's crimes generated a sense of shock and anger within the community,” said DCI Beauchamp.
“We are pleased with the decision of the Courts to impose restrictions on his movements and therefore reducing his chances of reoffending within the communities he targeted under the terms of an Antisocial Behaviour Order.”
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