A Suffolk man banned from begging anywhere in England and Wales was jailed today after breaching his Asbo the day after it was made.

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Serial beggar Carl Horth was set to prison for 16 weeks after he flouted the order imposed on him on Monday.

Lowestoft Magistrates’ Court heard Horth, 26, of Denmark Road, Lowestoft, was barred from asking for money, drink or food, but within 24 hours was out begging again.

Corinne Gook-Hurren, prosecuting, said on Tuesday at 12.40pm Horth approached a motorist who was eating a chicken takeaway meal in a carpark near the CEFAS laboratory near Pakefield.

Horth asked the motorist: “Come on, I am starving, can I have a piece of chicken?”

At 4pm on the same day Horth then asked woman in a car in London Road South for “50p for a coffee”. He was then seen knocking on the window of a van,

Horth was given the ASBO on Monday after he admitted to four counts of begging.

The offences took place in Claremont Road, London Road North and Peto Way earlier this month.

Monday’s hearing meant Horth had 57 convictions for 140 offences, mostly related to begging.

Richard Mann, mitigating for Horth at today’s hearing, said: “We are dealing with someone who has educational problems. He has got learning difficulties.”

Mr Mann said the root of Horth’s recent offending was that he was not receiving benefits after he was released from prison after serving a six week sentence imposed in December for begging and threatening behaviour following an incident at Lowestoft Library.

Jane Bowles, jailing Horth for 16 weeks after he admitted breaching his Asbo, said: “This is in light of your many breaches in the past, your prolific offending in the past.

Horth could have bene jailed for up to five years for breaching the indeterminate Asbo.

After the case, PC Mark Sargeant, of the Lowestoft North Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “We’re aware of how much distress his begging has caused law-abiding members of the public.

“A lot of work has been going on behind the scenes not only to catch him but to gather evidence so that measures could be put in place to deal with his behaviour.”

Anyone who wishes to report begging in Lowestoft should ring police on 101.

6 comments

  • He's got got Educational difficulties ,,,, wrong ,,,,He's got no hope ,,,Where he is going he will at lest have nice warm bed and wont have to beg for food

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    MIGUEL100

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Haven't the Police and Courts got anything better to do? this is pure nonsense. These stuck up people should think themselves lucky rather than pick on someone who has had to resort to begging for food. I am more concerned by burglars and worse that are out there and seem to get away with anything.

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    Mr M

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Trouble is the people he was begging from were all eastern european and couldnt understand a word he said. Maybe if he learns polish, latvian or lithuainian in prison he will get a house ( or mansion ) a brand new phone nd regular food parcels. Help the people of this country FIRST. Makes me die how many big issue sellers in the town CANT speak english, that is just wrong isnt it

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    Mr cynical

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • It appears as if Cameron's Big Society has got this man in a strangle-hold where he cannot survive as a free member of a society that has written him off-shame on us for allowing this state of affairs to come about!

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    John Shirley

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • After the case, PC Mark Sargeant, of the Lowestoft North Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “We’re aware of how much distress his begging has caused law-abiding members of the public. Pity the Police in Ipswich replicate this incident, many people in Ipswich Town are fed up with beggars. I asked two PCSO'S in Ipswich town centre to deal with begging and the said it was very difficult. When explained the streets were clear during the early 2000's they had no answer. The law is there - use it.

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    Joseph Marshall

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • I assume that is why he disobeyed the sentence. If he has insufficient means (in his opinion) he may feel he has no alternative. May not be right but at least he will now have the food he wants.

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    DALINE

    Friday, January 31, 2014

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