Manchester burglar banned from all back alleys in the city

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Image caption Michael Patterson has been banned from entering all rear alleyways in Manchester

A prolific burglar has been banned from all of Manchester's back alleyways.

Michael Patterson was handed the order after being convicted of break-ins in the Levenshulme and Longsight areas of the city.

His "consistent method" was to carry out burglaries after entering rear alleyways, magistrates heard.

The 49-year-old, of Field Bank Grove, Gorton admitted three counts of burglary and possession of a Class B drug and was jailed for 16 months.

The ban, known as a criminal behaviour order, will run indefinitely after his release.

It will ban Patterson from entering rear alleyways with the exception of the one behind his own home.

The order also prohibits him from entering an area of Stockport Road, from Stanley Grove in Longsight up to Albert Road in Levenshulme, and the surrounding streets.

Premises targeted in the break-ins included a takeaway, a solicitors' office and a mobile phone shop.

Nigel Murphy, Manchester City Council's executive member for neighbourhood services, said: "Michael Patterson has used the same technique repeatedly to commit a number of offences and this order will prevent him continuing the pattern."

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