Man banned from East Grinstead after tip jar theft

Callum Vincent Parker
Callum Vincent Parker

A 30-year-old man has been banned from East Grinstead for two years after a string of offences and anti-social behaviour including a theft from a tip jar, police have said.

Callum Vincent Parker, from Boulthurst Way in Oxted, Surrey, was arrested on Thursday May 14 following a theft from a staff tip jar in Cafe Nero, High Street, East Grinstead, on May 7.

Parker was subsequently charged and pleaded guilty to the offence at the South East Surrey Magistrates’ Court in Redhill on Friday May 15.

He was also charged and pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis.

The court heard that this was the fourth time Parker had visited East Grinstead town centre to commit crime and his convictions included fraud and handling stolen goods in April 2013 and thefts of charity boxes from Greggs the Bakers, New York Coffee Club and Cafe Nero in August 2014

Sergeant Graeme Prentice applied for a Criminal Behaviour Order under the Anti-social behaviour, crime and policing act 2014 which would prohibit Parker from entering East Grinstead town centre and surrounding area for a period of two years.

Parker pleaded guilty and accepted the order which came into effect on Friday May 15.

Sgt Prentice said: “Parker does not have any links to East Grinstead and the only times he is associated with the area is when he was committing crime here. His behaviour is regarded an anti-social and we believe he would continue to commit crime in the town unless he was banned.”