City centre beggar gets three-year Asbo ban

March 25, 2011 Comments Off on City centre beggar gets three-year Asbo ban
City centre beggar gets three-year Asbo ban

A persistent beggar has been given an Asbo banning him from asking people for  money.

The order means Jason Popham risks jail or a fine if he begs in any public place in Cardiff over the next three years.

City magistrates handed down the order to the 38-year-old this week for reasons of public protection.

Sergeant Karen McNeil, from the city centre Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Shoppers and workers can find beggars intimidating, especially when they beg around cash machines and the payment machines in car parks.

“We are constantly warning beggars that they face arrest and that repeat offenders can  be given anti-social behaviour  orders.

“The case sends out a stark message to others who cause issues in the city centre through their street drinking and begging: quite simply it will not be tolerated.

“Through consistent policing of the problem and engagement with the Crown Prosecution Service, we have succeeded in what we hope will be the first of a number of Asbos.

“Anti-social behaviour orders give individuals an opportunity to abide by the conditions and to change their behaviour.”

Anyone who sees anti-social behaviour is urged to call 101.

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