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Woman banned from begging in Brighton and Hove for two years

A woman has been banned from begging for money in Brighton and Hove for two years.

Ella Biggins, 31, of Ditching Rise, was handed a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) by Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 18 May, for persistently begging and harassing members of the public for money in an intimidating or aggressive manner.

Ella is prohibited from:

·        Sitting, laying or loitering in a position with the intention to receive money in a public place within the area of Brighton & Hove.

·        Causing harassment, alarm, or distress to members of the public when asking for money in Brighton and Hove

·        Entering any Pret-A-Manger establishment within Brighton

Ella will receive support from local community groups and will be required to attend regular appointments.

PC Kevin Michnowicz said: “I am pleased the court approved the application for a Criminal Behaviour Order against Ella to prevent her from causing distress to the public through her anti-social behaviour.

“I want to assure the public that we will continue to use anti-social behaviour legislation to ensure that offenders not only answer for their criminal behaviour, but that they are subject to ongoing restrictions, in order to provide a respite to individuals, businesses or communities."

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