A 32-year-old man from Egham has been gives a five-year Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) banning him from the town.

Thomas Colley was issued with the order at North Surrey Magistrates Court on Monday, May 21.

Inspector Nick Pinkerton said: “We are active in using the powers of arrest and the courts to protect and support local businesses against theft and anti-social behaviour. Many of the reports about Colley involved allegations of theft of money from local businesses including charity collections and staff tips.

“Many shops have had to remove donation boxes from the view to avoid further incidents.

“People have chosen to give money to their chosen charities and Colley has taken people’s donations without consideration of how this might affect people.

“He was not only stealing from shops, but in fact from the community as a whole.”

Under the conditions of the CBO Colley is also banned from touching or even being near other peoples' cars or from harassing anyone within the Runnymede borough.

The order will remain in place from five years and Colley could face prison if he breaches it.

Breaches can be reported to Surrey Police on 999 if they are actually being committed, or by dialling 101. Any information will be treated confidentially.

For shop security information visit the police website on https://surrey.police.uk/advice/protecting-your-business/premises-security/ .