Two Chester men have been handed Criminal Behaviour Orders (CBOs) thanks to the hard work of Chester Anti-Social Behaviour Unit and partner agencies.
Jason Barnes, 42, and Arthur Rutter, 31, both appeared at Chester Magistrates Court, on Friday 11 December, where orders were granted against them which prevent the men from begging in Chester city centre.
Both Barnes and Rutter live in accommodation in Chester and are not homeless. The CBOs were handed down after the two were convicted of begging.
PC Charlotte Lloyd, from Chester Anti-Social Behaviour Unit, said: “These men have no need to beg on the streets of this city. They are not homeless, both live in accommodation and this city offers ample support services.
“Begging is not only anti-social, it is intimidating and has a detrimental impact on the city, with the police and local authority receiving numerous complaints from local businesses, residents and visitors.
“I would urge people not to give money to beggars, as the proceeds of begging are often spent on drugs. Instead, please donate to charities where the money is used for those in genuine need of help.”
Each of the CBOs has been granted for three years. During this period, both Barnes and Rutter are prevented from:
- Cause harassment, nuisance or annoyance by seeking to beg from any person in a public place in Cheshire Constabulary
- Enter the exclusion zone as indicated on the attached map.
Anyone who witnesses any breaches of the orders should report it to police on 101.
Chester Anti-Social Behaviour Unit is a partnership unit that consists of police and local authority staff.