Serial mobile phone thief barred from all pubs and coffee houses across Islington and Camden

Martine Rainsford has been barred from pubs and coffee shops across London

Martine Rainsford has been barred from pubs and coffee shops across London - Credit: Archant

A serial thief who stole hundreds of pounds-worth of mobile phones by preying on her victims in pubs and coffee shops has been banned from all public houses in Islington and Camden.

Martine Rainsford was slapped with the ASBO preventing her from entering any pub, including high street coffee chains Starbucks, Costa Coffee, Café Nero and Prêt A Manger, at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court.

Police are now encouraging residents to be wary if Rainsford is seen in any coffee shops or pubs.

The 45-year-old, of Cruikshank Street, King’s Cross, who was convicted of theft at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court, would attend pubs and coffee shops to steal mobile phones as well as other items.

She received a 12-month community order as well as being slapped with the three-year ASBO.

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Scotland Yard said: “We are relentless in our mission to drive thieves like Rainsford out of Islington and Camden so people in our community can feel confident that pubs and coffee shops are places to visit to have a good time and not be tainted by the activities of criminals.”

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