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'Public enemy number one' in Gloucester still free from jail after nearly 70 offences

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 06, 2014

Gloucester Crown Court

He has been dubbed 'public enemy number one' and 'one of the best known young criminals in Gloucester' but despite his latest flouting of a court order Rhys Shardlow is still free.

A judge decided today that prison would be 'the easy option' for 20-year-old Shardlow and that it would be better to give him yet another chance to end his criminal ways.

Shardlow, of London Road, Gloucester, admitted at Gloucester Crown Court that he breached a criminal ASBO and a community order by going to a road he is banned from - and receiving a stolen car key.

The prolific young offender, who has 67 previous criminal convictions, was sentenced by Judge Jamie Tabor QC to a ten week home curfew from 9pm-6am each night.

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"You have been living a lifestyle of crime and everyone knows it," said the judge. "You are one of the best known young criminals in Gloucester.”

Last October when Shardlow first appeared before Judge Tabor he was given an 18 months supervision order and ordered to do 80 hours of unpaid work for stealing two bicycles.

Then in January this year Shardlow was back before the judge admitting he had breached the order by failing to report for supervision and work.

The judge sentenced him then to a two week curfew but today was told a week after the curfew ended Shardlow was found at 1.50am in Sandyleaze, Longlevens, Gloucester - a road he is banned from going to under his CRASBO.

Prosecutor Rupert Lowe said police patrol officers in Sandyleaze saw Shardlow run across the road and disappear out of sight. They searched the area and found him hiding.

In his sock was the key to a VW Golf which was parked outside a nearby house. It had been taken from inside another car at the same address some time after 6.30pm the previous night.

Shardlow denied taking it saying someone else had given it to him.

Sarah Jenkins, defending, said Shardlow had gone off the rails after he returned home to his lodgings at Claremont House in London Road, Gloucester to find a notice of eviction.

Ms Jenkins said Shardlow thought his eviction was immediate . He then left the property intending to walk to his father's home but in Longlevens bumped into old associates.

In sentencing Shardlow the judge said: "I am quite certain the community order and the ASBO should stay in place. But it cannot go on like this.”

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