A thief who preyed on gay men in London for more than a decade has been banned from every public toilet in Soho in an ASBO ruling thought to be the first of its kind.

Westminster City Council is thought to be the first authority in England to gain such a court order.

It means that Charles Omishore, 32, is now banned from the entire West End and a central part of Camden for the next five years and specifically cannot enter public toilets in the area.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court granted the order after hearing about a string of offences in which Omishore typically pick-pocketed his male victims while engaging in sexual activity and then making off with wallets, mobile phones and other valuables.

The court heard that Omishore routinely targeted men in Soho bars, public toilets and the rose garden in Hyde Park.

In total, Omishore has 22 convictions dating back more than 10 years for a range of offences including theft, fraud, drugs and bail offences.

He has been convicted for possession of drugs including crack cocaine and heroin.