Criminal Behaviour Order imposed on street beggar

26 February 2018

A man with a long history of anti-social behaviour has been made subject to a new Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) following a successful application made by Nottinghamshire Police and Newark and Sherwood District Council. 

Marcus Lowe (39), of no fixed abode, has been banned form nearly all shops in Newark town centre and barred from street begging under the terms of the order.

Lowe appeared before Nottinghamshire Magistrates on February 20, where he was jailed for a year for offences including shoplifting, burglary, breach od an earlier CBO and failing to attend the court.

Under the terms on the CBO, Lowe is barred from:

  • Entering an retail premises in the town centre save a named pharmacy and supermarket in Northgate and two other outlets solely for the purpose of obtaining benefits;
  • Begging or placing himself in a position to beg in any public place in the town centre;
  • From sitting, perching or crouching on the floor/pavement/doorway of any commercial premises in the town centre;
  • From entering Paxton Court at any time;
  • from entering any public toilets in the town centre.

Council Community Safety Manager Ben Adams said; "This individual has been given considerable support by the police, the council, the homeless support organisation Framework, and the Probation Service but he had chosen not to accept it or any help that has been offered to assist in preventing his persistent offending.

"He has breached his previous CBO so this new one has been strengthened further. We have a wider responsibility to protect our communities from anti-social behaviour while at the same time trying to help this individual to being about improvements in his own behaviour."

Sergeant Mike Taylor, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "We have worked closely with partners to offer this individual many opportunities to change his lifestyle. He has instead chosen to ignore these and behave in a manner which has caused harassment, alarm and distress to members of the public and misery to the victims of his criminal activities.

"This sentence and the strengthening of his CBO conditions show that we will not stand for this type of behaviour and will be tenacious in or pursuit and prosecution of those who would persist to act in this manner."

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