Man faces court for begging in the street

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A WIGAN man has been sentenced by justices for begging in Wigan town centre.

James Carr, of Dryden Avenue, Worsley Mesnes, was arrested under the Vagrancy Act of 1824 after he was found trying to scrounge money from shoppers in Standishgate on June 13. He also used threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour on the same occasion.

The 52-year-old had initially denied the charges but then changed his plea to guilty.

Wigan and Leigh magistrates handed down two six-month conditional discharge sentences which are to run concurrently.

The public order offence also meant Carr had now breached an anti-social behaviour order. He will be sentenced for that offence at Liverpool Crown Court on August 21.