February 1 2015 Latest news:
Friday, April 25, 2014
An Ipswich beggar has been jailed after flouting his anti-social behaviour order three times within three weeks of receiving it.
Bevan Ash, of St Helen’s Street, was even arrested for being in breach of his Asbo while on his way to appear before Ipswich magistrates for two previous breaches of his order.
On that occasion the 44-year-old was around 100 metres from the court when a police officer saw him with two cans of lager. Ash is banned from being in possession of an unsealed container of alcohol in Ipswich town centre.
Instead of appearing in court he was arrested and taken to the police investigation centre at Martlesham.
Ash admitted three offences of breaching his Asbo, one of theft, and another of receiving stolen goods.
He was given his Asbo on March 7 after being caught begging in Dial Lane on December 7. In addition to the ban on alcohol it also prohibits Ash from begging.
The order lasts for two years.
However, four days after being given the order Ash was caught scrounging money in the town centre.
He then flouted the order again on March 23 when he was found in Upper Brook Street with a sports bottle containing beer.
On March 26 he was on his way to South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court when he was arrested again for his third breach. It occurred when he was seen sitting on the pavement in Black Horse Lane, Ipswich, near the Black Horse public house with two cans of lager.
In addition to breaking the terms of his Asbo Ash also stole evaporated milk worth £1.86 from Sainsbury’s in Ipswich on March 24.
In addition he pleaded guilty to receiving stolen clothing to the value of £180.50 belonging to Next on December 6.
Earlier this month police in Ipswich said a supportive multi-agency campaign to rid the town of more than 20 street beggars was beginning to bear fruit.
Various organisations have teamed up to tackle the problem of people scrounging money from shoppers and workers in the town centre.
A total of 25 men and women, some of whom can make up to £100 a day, are known to beg regularly. The operation aims to find a long-term solution to the problem.
Enforcement through the courts is being seen as a last resort with the primary focus being on addressing the street beggars’ underlying issues such as alcohol and drugs.