Two beggars are banned from towns

Brought to you by the News Guardian.
Brought to you by the News Guardian.

Two bothersome beggars have been banned from parts of North Tyneside following a court injunction.

Crystan Wilson, 23, and Colin Martin, 30 can no longer enter Whitley Bay and North Shields town centres or parts of Tynemouth following a ruling at North Shields County Court.

North Tyneside Council and Northumbria Police prosecuted the pair after they caused months of misery and intimidation to visitors to the three areas.

The injunctions prevent them for entering the locations for two years, facing immediate arrest if they do.

Colin Boxshall, manager of the community and public protection team at the council, said: “Both of these men are responsible for numerous incidents of anti-social behaviour and on occasions leaving members of the public extremely frightened.

“We hope these civil injunctions will act as a serious deterrent and stop them both from engaging in anti-social behaviour, aggressive begging and intimidating members of the public.

“The council continues to work closely with the police and charities to make sure people who are genuinely homeless receive support and help finding suitable housing, however we will not tolerate those who portray themselves as homeless in order to make money from generous and unsuspecting members of the public.”

Crystan Wilson was prosecuted after being arrested for carrying an offensive weapon, a theft in Whitley Bay and criminal damage, as well as being abusive to members of the public, pestering customers in shops, being reported for Metro offences and being drunk and disorderly.

Colin Martin received the civil injunction for persistently approaching people and asking for money, being drunk and disorderly and Metro offences.

Inspector Neil Armsworth, of Whitley Bay and North Shields Neighbourhood Policing Team, added: “The behaviour of these two has been a persistent problem in several areas across North Tyneside and I’m pleased these individual two year injunctions have now been put in place.

“I hope they will put a stop to this offending behaviour and I’d urge the public to help enforce them. If anyone sees Crystan Wilson or Colin Martin in the areas they are banned from then please let us know by calling 101 straightaway.

“We want people to come to North Tyneside and have an enjoyable experience not to be concerned about the anti-social behaviour of these two individuals.

“This injunction will provide the police and courts with greater powers to deal with Crystan Wilson and Colin Martin more effectively if required.”

Although both Martin and Wilson are of no fixed abode, they are not homeless.

For help and advice for anyone who does find themselves homeless in North Tyneside, visit www.northtyneside.gov.uk, call 0345 2000 101 or go to one of the borough’s four customer first centres which can be found in each town centre.