Here’s why this woman has been banned from York for three years

Gemma Louise Mitchell
1 Nov 2018 @ 4.29 pm
| Crime, News

Get out and stay out.

That was the message from York Crown Court to this prolific burglar.

Gemma Louise Mitchell, aged 24, has been banned from York for three years after pleading guilty to a spree of burglaries and a series of fraud offences.

She was handed a 12-month community order at court on Monday (29 October 2018), which states she has to reside at rehabilitation premises in Scarborough for six months.


Mitchell is also subject to a three-year criminal behaviour order which bans her from entering York within the boundaries of the A1237 and A64.

And she is banned from non-public areas of any shop or business in England and Wales.

Stole from school

The Botanist on Stonegate. Photographs: Richard McDougall
The court heard how she targeted 13 businesses and organisations in York in June alone.

She gained access to staff areas and stole wallets and purses. She used bank and credit cards on five occasions to make fraudulent contactless payments and cash withdrawals.

Her targets included

  • Clementhorpe Health Centre on Cherry Street on 11 June
  • Poundworld and Holland and Barratt on Coney Street on 16 June
  • All Saints RC School on Nunnery Lane on 18 and 21 June
  • the Whippet Inn, North Street, on 22 June
  • and the Botanist pub, Stonegate, on 24 June.


The total number of offences she was sentenced for included three burglaries and three fraud by false representations which she admitted and asked to be take into consideration.

DC Alastair Foy, of the York and Selby Investigation Hub, said:

  • Gemma Mitchell’s prolific offending has caused a great deal of upset and anxiety to her victims in York.

    It is only right that she has to face up to the consequence of her actions and do everything she can to move away from a life of crime.