Luton conman banned from going near elderly and vulnerable people

Court news
Court news

A man who targeted the elderly and vulnerable has received a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO).

James Keenan, aged 55 of Third Avenue, Sundon Park in Luton, is currently in prison serving 15 months after being found guilty of burglary.

On October 29, Luton Crown Court issued a three year CBO against Kennan following a successful application by Luton’s Priority Antisocial Behaviour team.

Keenan was found guilty in court of burglary against a vulnerable disabled male in September and sentenced to 15 months in prison.

The new CBO began on October 29 and runs concurrently with the prison sentence.

The Priority Antisocial team had received several complaints about Keenan targeting vulnerable elderly and disabled residents offering gardening and maintenance work.

He would harass them for money but not do all the work promised. Instead, he would just pull out a couple of weeds or fly tip garden waste.

The new CBO order stops Keenan from:

> visiting or approaching residents and offering maintenance, cleaning, garden or clearance work without a written appointment

> offering any services door to door to anyone in the borough

> causing alarm, harassment or distress to anyone in the borough.

Cllr Raja Saleem, portfolio holder for community safety, said: “‘A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members’, according to Mahatma Ghandi.

“Conmen and rogue traders are not welcome in Luton unless, of course, they fancy a criminal record, Community Behaviour Order and/or a long stay in prison.”

If you have been targeted or affected by the type of behaviour described in this article, please call Luton Borough Council on 01582 546000 or Bedfordshire Police on 101.