Serial beggar jailed for breaking order

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A BEGGAR from Wigan who’s breached an injunction order has been sentenced to prison.

Roy Smalley, aged 46, of no fixed address from Scholes, has been sentenced to 21 days imprisonment for numerous incidents where he has been witnessed begging in Wigan town centre, subsequently breaching an injunction order under Section 222 of the Local Government Act 1972.

Wigan Council’s safer environment and CCTV teams, along with Greater Manchester Police, have worked together over the last two years to prevent this type of anti-social behaviour.

As part of this work they have managed to secure the injunction order, which prevents individuals from begging or approaching people for money. It also prevents nuisance behaviour or acting in a manner which may be intimidating and/or offensive as well as being drunk and disorderly.

It was brought in as part of sustained efforts to make Wigan town centre a safer place for the public.

Councillor Kevin Anderson, cabinet member for environment, said: “Wigan Council enforcement officers and Greater Manchester Police work closely to stop anti-social behaviour and aggressive begging from happening in the borough. There will be severe consequences for anyone who ignores the order and it should deter beggars in the future.”

Any individuals found begging are referred to The Brick Project, which provides support for homeless and disadvantaged people in the borough and helps them recover and get their lives back on track.

Details of the order will be placed in several locations in Wigan town centre. It expires on Friday 19th February 2016.