A NOTORIOUS troublemaker branded the worst car criminal in Portsmouth in the last decade has been sent back to jail – for entering a car park.
Chris Walker – who has more than 177 previous convictions for car crime – was collared by police after being spotted cycling in Asda car park at the Bridge Centre in Fratton.
Walker, 28, was clocked by Portsmouth City Council CCTV operators on Monday who raised the alarm.
Now he is back behind bars after being convicted of flouting a condition of his Anti-Social Behaviour Order banning him from every car park in Portsmouth.
The order runs until January 2015.
Police say there is no suggestion of any attempt by Walker to break into or steal any vehicles.
Superintendent Paul Brooks, police commander for Portsmouth, said: ‘This case is an example of tenacious team policing involving the force’s Safer Neighbourhoods and Targeted Patrol officers, plus investigation teams, who are all dedicated in maintaining an active presence in every neighbourhood.
‘Their diligence and persistence made sure Walker’s behaviour was watched closely and strong evidence against him could be brought before the court.
‘I’d also like to thank CCTV operators from Portsmouth City Council whose vigilance and alertness assisted us in tracking Walker.
‘Our message to anybody else thinking about following in his footsteps is that we will find you, catch you and stop you.
‘A lack of respect for the community is never tolerated, and we always strive to work with the public to ensure they are aware of a criminal’s Anti-Social Behaviour Order conditions so breaches can be reported to police swiftly.’
Walker, of Sackville Street, Southsea, was jailed for eight weeks by Portsmouth magistrates.