This is Britain’s ‘most prolific criminal’ – who has chalked up 675 offences
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A man has apparently become Britain s most prolific criminal after chalking up his 675th offence - beating the previous reported 'record' of 669.
Andrew Robinson, 52, admitted breaching his criminal behaviour order by refusing to leave the a youth hostel on July 2.
Oxford Magistrates' Court heard he was asked by staff to go outside after he lit himself a cigarette while still inside the hostel.
Prosecutor Marc Thompson said Robinson told the hostel deputy manager who'd asked him to leave to 'f*** off and call the Old Bill.' Earlier that day the court was told on Saturday Robinson had 295 convictions on his record for 675 offences.
Robinson's number of offences appears to trump that of Patrick Ryan - whose 100-page criminal record is so long that police warned not to print it out because it wastes so much paper.
Notorious lag Ryan is one of Britain's most convicted men and committed 669 offences over 50 years.
Mitigating at Oxford Magistrates' Court, Matthew Nash acknowledged Andrew Robinson was a 'nuisance' but suggested that sending him to prison would not address the cause of his offending.
He'd long struggled with alcoholism, but claimed to have the promise of a place in supported accommodation in Wembley, London.
Speaking directly to the bench, Robinson apologised for his actions.
He said: "I'm hoping you can give me one last chance and I mean one last chance, sir."
The JPs sentenced him to four weeks' imprisonment suspended for a year. He was ordered to pay a £128 victim surcharge.