POLICE have welcomed news that a two year restraining order has been issued blocking an 18-year-old woman from entering St Helens town centre.

Caitlyn Shephard, of Upholland, Lancashire, was issued with a two-year Restraining Order, at Merseyside Magistrates Court on Tuesday, June 21.

Where the order covers

This prevents her from entering the area bounded by Boundary Road, Duke Street, Victoria Square, Corporation Street, Linkway East, Linkway West and Kirkland Street.

Should she breach the conditions of this order, Shephard will be returned to the courts and may be jailed.

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The Restraining Order is in place until June 20 2024 and can be reviewed within six months.

Multiple reports of anti-social behaviour and crime

Officers from Merseyside Police submitted the application following multiple reports of anti-social behaviour and criminal offences committed by Shepherd in St Helens town centre including arson, criminal damage and possession of imitation firearms.

What police have said

Community Policing Inspector Jon Smith said: “Shephard’s actions have blighted St Helen’s town centre for more than two years and we welcome the order, which shows our commitment to robustly deal with any offenders who have a negative impact on our community.

“We hope this result ensures the safety of our residents and anyone who works in St Helens from Shephard’s repeated crimes.

“If you witness or experience any anti-social behaviour then please report it to us. Our action is targeted in those areas where members of the public tell us there are issues, and where we receive reports of anti-social behaviour, we will not hesitate to take action.”

Anyone with information about anti-social behaviour in their community can speak to local officers or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Always call 999 if a crime is in progress.