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Youssef Kaissouni, of Wood Green, given five year ASBO at Thames Magistrates Court
A prolific cycle thief from Wood Green has been given a five year Anti Social Behaviour Order to protect the public.
Youssef Kaissouni, of Gladstone Avenue, appeared at Thames Magistrates Court on September 11 where he pleaded guilty to two counts of theft of a pedal cycle, shoplifting and burglary.
He was issued the five-year ASBO as well as a 20-week suspended sentence.
The prosecution was a result of work between PC Gul Khan from Hackney Safer Transport Team and the Transport for London's (TfL) Community Safety & Crime Reduction Unit.
PC Khan identified Kassouni as a thief who stole bicycles and approached TfL to apply for an ASBO following the impending court case.
Following the consultation, PC Khan collated Kaissouni's criminal history and statements from victims to demonstrate the harassment, alarm and distress his offences caused.
At the hearing on September 11, District Judge Hamilton agreed that the order was necessary to protect members of the public from more distress.
The ASBO prohibits Kassouni from touching any bicycle that cannot be proven to be owned by him.
It also stops him being in possession of any tools or cutting equipment capable of cutting bicycle locks or removing bicycle parts.
Finally the order prevents him from buying or selling any bicycles or bicycle parts other than through an authorised dealer.
Chief Superintendent Sultan Taylor, of the MPS Safer Transport Command, said: “This is an excellent result which has seen a prolific cycle thief receive a severely restrictive ASBO.
"Cycle theft is a crime which has a huge impact on its victims and the Safer Transport Command with its partner Transport for London will continue to safeguard London’s cyclists from criminals like Kaissouni.”