Banned Sheffield beggar returned to prison after breaching court order

Rowley was arrested on West Street earlier today (photo: Google / SYP).
Rowley was arrested on West Street earlier today (photo: Google / SYP).
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A Sheffield man who was banned from the city centre for aggressive begging will be returned to prison after being spotted by members of the public.

Officers today arrested Stephen Rowley, aged 38, on West Street, subsequently charging him with four breaches of a criminal behaviour order imposed in February.

He was remanded in custody and will appear at Sheffield magistrates' court on Saturday, March 31.

In addition to this, the probation service have also recalled Rowley back to prison to continue a previous sentence, which will restart after his court appearance.

Rowley was banned from asking for money in the city centre for a period of five years after he appeared before Sheffield magistrates' court earlier this year.

The order explicitly prohibited him from approaching people and asking them for money as well as a host of other conditions.

Rowley was also convicted of common assault after he spat at a woman who refused to give him money and racially abusing a member of staff on The Moor, in Sheffield city centre, for which he was jailed for 12 weeks in January 2018.