Wanted appeal to trace persistent beggar suspected of breaching criminal behaviour order by Shaun Moore | Gloucester News Centre - http://gloucesternewscentre.co.uk/
Police have issued a wanted appeal for a man suspected of breaching a criminal behaviour order (CBO) banning him from entering Gloucester city centre.
Richard Turbyfield, 40 and from Gloucester, was banned from entering the city centre in November, when the CBO was imposed at Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court.
It meant Turbyfield could not enter Gloucester city centre or ask anyone for money who he does not already know. Any breach could result in a prison sentence.
Turbyfield has now been spotted on three occasions in the last week in the area he is precluded from entering. He was arrested on suspicion of breaching the order but failed to attend police custody last week for interview.
The CBO was obtained after Turbyfield, who was in accommodation and claiming benefits at the time, was seen approaching numerous women for money in St Aldate Street in August. Turbyfield had previously been warned by police not to beg after a similar incident in Westgate Street days earlier.
Turbyfield is only allowed to enter the exclusion zone to attend appointments and must leave the area immediately afterwards otherwise he could be arrested. The order lasts until November 2018.
Police are urging people to call to report if they see Turbyfield on 101 if they see him or know where he is.
Cllr Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council, said: “The launch of our safe and attractive streets policy in July has already had a positive impact on our city centre. There are fewer beggars and rough sleepers on Gloucester’s streets, with more people getting the support they need.
“It is regrettable that this case has come down to court action, but we only take criminal action against persistent offenders that we know are in accommodation and receiving benefits.
“Gloucester City Council will continue to work with partner agencies to achieve the best possible outcomes for those in need, whilst taking proactive action against people who are not.”
Police Sergeant Matt Puttock said: “Anyone who we come across in the city centre who claims to be homeless is offered support to find accommodation. We also provide them with a list of places that they can obtain free food throughout the week, negating the need for them to beg. We urge anyone who is approached for money in Gloucester City centre to contact the police on the 101 telephone number so that we can follow this up and take appropriate action.”
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