Gloucester man Martyn Cox banned from city centre for persistent begging by Kate | Gloucester News Centre - http://gloucesternewscentre.co.uk/A man has been banned from entering Gloucester city centre after ignoring offers of help and warnings about his behaviour from police and Gloucester City Council.A civil injunction order was imposed on Martyn Leslie Cox, 42 and from Gloucester, at Gloucester County Court last week.It means that Cox is forbidden from “using or threatening to use violence against or engaging in conduct which cause or is capable of causing nuisance or annoyance to any person within the City of Gloucester” and entering or begging at any time within the city.The order will remain in place for a year and any breach could be deemed contempt of court and result in a custodial sentence.Police have issued an image of Cox to help ensure anyone who sees him in the exclusion zone can report it by calling 101.
Councillor Jennie Watkins, cabinet member for communities and neighbourhoods at Gloucester City Council said, “We continue to work in partnership with the police to offer support to every person we see on the city centre streets. We appreciate the vulnerability of people on the streets, but we also recognise the impact of their anti-social behaviour on the wider community when they’re faced with begging and street nuisance. Our partnership working will continue to address the root causes of street nuisance and we hope that people will engage with support that’s on offer.”
Sergeant Matt Puttock said: “This is the second order against a persistent beggar we have sought in recent weeks but we must be clear it is always a last resort. Cox has previously been arrested for persistent begging and has ignored repeated warnings and offers for help. We felt we had no alternative but to seek the injunction and the only way to properly enforce it is to publicise it, which is what we are doing.
“We know the names and circumstances of every person we see in the City centre and can confirm that the vast majority are begging to feed drug addictions. We are proactively addressing this situation but still ask members of the public to continue reporting incidents to us. The overwhelming message we receive from members of the public is that they want services to help those genuinely in need and we are committed to ensuring that this happens, whilst taking proactive action against those who are not”
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