Notorious Wigan shoplifter back behind bars

A notorious Wigan shoplifter with hundreds of crimes on his rap sheet is back behind bars after yet more brushes with the law.
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Arthur McLean, 49, of Water Street, Wigan, appeared before borough magistrates to admit to being drunkenly threatening and abusive towards four people including a police officer after he was caught entering a Bargain Buys store on October 25 when barred from doing so due to previous thieving there.

One of the threats was also deemed to have been racially aggravated.

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Sending him to prison for a total of eight weeks, the chair of the bench told him: “This was a flagrant disregard of a court order.

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“You have displayed shocking behaviour whilst under the influence of alcohol towards a number of people or distress and the offence was racially aggravated within the terms of section carrying out their duties.

McLean was ordered to pay each of his victims £50 in compensation.

Last December McLean was sent to prison for a shoplifting spree, but no sooner was he released than he committed more thefts and was then given a community

sentence, which also included an alcohol treatment element.

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