Beggar jailed after asking off-duty officer for change
A MAN banned from begging in Bristol has been jailed after asking an off-duty cop for money.
Police spotted Trevor Pearce at the Christmas market in Broadmead in November last year, Bristol Magistrates’ Court heard.
After approaching a woman he went up to the off-duty officer and asked: “Can you spare some change?”
Pearce, 42, of Freemantle House in Bristol, pleaded guilty to breaching a criminal behaviour order by approaching people for the purpose of begging in Broadmead.
Magistrates jailed him for 14 weeks, which included activation of a previously suspended 10-week prison sentence.
They told Pearce: “It is not good news. On November 16 you received 10 weeks, suspended for 12 months.
“Four days later you were in breach of your criminal behaviour order. You would have been told that you could expect to serve the suspended sentence if you committed a further offence.”
Pearce was also told to pay a £115 victim surcharge.
Jess Dobson, prosecuting, said Pearce was handed a criminal behaviour order in June last year.
The order excluded him from a specified area of the city centre and required that he not loiter or approach people for the purpose of begging. Magistrates were told when he previously breached the order he was given a conditional discharge and then a suspended jail term.