Man banned from begging in Sheffield city centre for 10 years

A man has been banned from begging in Sheffield city centre for 10 years.

Wednesday, 23rd October 2019, 2:31 pm
Updated Wednesday, 23rd October 2019, 5:33 pm

Paul Ward, aged 44, of no fixed address, was handed a decade long Criminal Behaviour Order, which prevents him from approaching people for money, going into certain shops and loitering or sitting in public areas.

level crime – at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

Inspector John Mallows, of the Sheffield Central Neighbourhood Team, said: “Ward has been causing problems for us, and for businesses, in the city centre for a long time now. This has included aggressive behaviour, which has created fear and distress within the community.

Paul Ward.

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“He has continually refused to engage with my officers or any support service that has offered their help and support. If Ward does not comply with this CBO he is committing a criminal offence, and will be facing a prison sentence.”Officers worked with the Sheffield Safer Neighbourhood Service (SNS) based at Moorfoot, to apply for the order.PC Andrea Walker from SNS said: “This order is significant and has a whole host of conditions attached, including requirements for Ward to start a drug intervention programme.

“Whilst the main aim is to stop him from committing crime and prevent him from causing issues for the community, we are always keen to include a condition that assists an individual in seeking support.

“We would ask that the public living and working in the city centre have a look at the conditions of this order and report any breaches to the police, so further action can be taken.”