London burglar so ‘prolific’ he can’t enter Square Mile for 10 years

Neville Stanbury was banned from the Square Mile for a decade (Picture: Getty/SWNS)

A serial burglar was banned from the City of London until 2031 after targeting a range of businesses and causing thousands of pounds in damage.

Neville Stanbury, 52, was arrested last October after he targeted five Square Mile businesses and stole electrical equipment worth up to £40,000.

Now he has been given a 10-year Criminal Behavior Order (CBO) to prevent him from entering all areas defined by the City of London Crest, including postcodes EC1, 2, 3 and 4.

The court order means Stanbury, which has admitted five misdemeanors of burglary, is also prohibited from “following” anyone into a building it does not have access to and disposing of or selling electrical appliances.

And he must not impersonate an employee, agent or officer of a business, charity or public body where he does not work.

Stanbury was sentenced to Inner London Crown Court where he was also sentenced to 180 hours of unpaid work and three years of community supervision.

He must also undertake six months of drug rehabilitation.

And he must return to court every six weeks so that a judge can monitor his progress.

Stanbury was sentenced at Inner London Crown Court (Picture: City of London Police/SWNS)

Stanbury was sentenced at Inner London Crown Court (Picture: City of London Police/SWNS)

Stanbury, of Old Kent Road in Southwark, south-east London, must register any laptop, desktop or tablet it owns or has in its possession on the UK’s national property register, Immobilise. com.

The only exception to this rule is if he uses electrical equipment for the job and it is registered with a verifiable organization or company.

City of London Police Acting Detective Sergeant Kirsty Richardson said: ‘Stanbury is a prolific criminal, and his most recent offences, which included the theft of electrical equipment from five premises in the city, cost to local businesses almost £40,000 in damages and replacement of property.

“Theft in large organizations is not a victimless crime. Businesses have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, and such criminal activity could be a breaking point for many.

“We will actively seek to use CBOs to effectively protect the city and the people who live, work and visit here.”

Last year, three gang members were jailed for stealing £26million from celebrities in what has been dubbed Britain’s biggest burglary spree.

They targeted the west London homes of Chelsea manager Frank Lampard and his wife Christine, socialite Tamara Ecclestone and late Leicester City FC owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in December 2019.

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