Car parks off limits for thief

A "prolific" thief has been banned from every car park in England and Wales, police said.

Michael Tumilty is renowned in Newcastle for having targeted hundreds of cars, shops and even St James' Park football ground.

The 33-year-old is prohibited from entering Newcastle city centre under the conditions of a two-year anti-social behaviour order (Asbo).

Mr Tumilty, of Byker, appeared before Newcastle Magistrates' Court to face the charges.

The court heard how he had been arrested more than 100 times and had more than 100 convictions to his name.

Police believe that throughout his 15-year criminal career Mr Tumilty has raided every car park in Newcastle.

More recently, he targeted St James' Park, where he snuck in and stole bottles of champagne.

The Asbo bans Mr Tumilty from Newcastle city centre's parking meter zone and all car parks, except when he is a legitimate driver or passenger.

Sergeant Paul Hamilton, of Northumbria Police, said: "Tumilty is arguably the most prolific thief we've seen.

He added: "Hopefully, this order will not only bring Tumilty's offending to an end but it will send a message out to other criminals that we will take action."

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