Nuisance beggar is banned from Metro station

A nuisance beggar has been banned from a North Tyneside Metro station has part of a police crackdown.

Tuesday, 21st June 2016, 9:33 am
Updated Tuesday, 21st June 2016, 10:38 am
Colin Martin, 30, has been issued with a 12 month Criminal Behaviour Order as part of a crackdown on beggars.

Two people found to be persistent beggars have had enforcement action taken against them.

Neighbourhood officers and North Tyneside Council started an initiative in March to deal with the problem following a number of complaints from local residents and businesses in North Shields, Tynemouth and Whitley Bay.

Colin Martin, 30, has been issued with a 12 month Criminal Behaviour Order at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

The order prohibits him from approaching anyone to ask for money, and bans him from Tynemouth Metro Station (except from passing through on a train).

In addition he was also jailed for 12 weeks after being convicted of a public order offence, resisting a police officer in the execution of their duty and a Metro offence.

A second man, Andrew Keenan, 27, was summonsed to appear before the same court, earlier this year for persistent begging after officers on patrol had noted his behaviour on several occasions.

He was ordered to pay a £60 fine and a victim surcharge of £20 and costs of £85.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Guy Morgan, said: “We are pleased with the response from the court who have dealt with these individuals in an appropriate manner. It shows the community that their concerns around persistent beggars are taken seriously and that enforcement action is carried out by officers and our partners.

“Our joint work is ongoing to ensure that the streets and Metro areas are not blighted by persistent beggars. Our priority is listening and responding to the concerns of our communities and we’re committed to make sure North Tyneside remains a great place for people to live in and visit through our partnership work.”

Police and council are continuing to work together to ensure individuals who are genuinely homeless and in need of support get the help they need by working with the homeless charity Changing Lives.

The charity aims to find them suitable accommodation to help get them off the streets.

The initiative also identifies individuals who are just portraying themselves as homeless in order to make money from generous unsuspecting members of the public.

In cases of persistent beggars who demonstrate anti-social behaviour and show harassing and aggressive behaviour, then police and partners will take action.

Any residents who wants to inform the police of any beggars should call 101.