Birmingham & Black Country

Serial locker thief banned from leisure centre and gyms

A thief described by the police as the "scourge of West Midlands gym-goers" has been banned by a court from every leisure centre and health club in the West Midlands.

Lee Lynch, 48, from Kingshurst, Solihull, was jailed for 56 weeks when he appeared at Birmingham Crown Court.

He admitted breaking into lockers and stealing wallets, cash and mobile phones.

Police said the order was essential to "curb Lynch's offending pattern".

PC Paul Dempsey, of Solihull Police, said: "He has been the scourge of gym-goers and has been convicted of 143 offences in and around the West Midlands area."

The four year Criminal Anti-Social Behaviour Order also restricts him from the grounds and buildings of any school, university or college campus in the West Midlands without the prior approval of the police.

Lynch was given a 32-week jail sentence suspended for two years by magistrates in 2011.

That suspended tariff was triggered by his most recent thefts and counted towards his 56-week sentence.

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