Beg­gar jailed af­ter ask­ing off-duty of­fi­cer for change

Bristol Post - - NEWS -

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.

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