ASBO awarded to save shoppers from overly aggressive beggar

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SHOPPERS have been spared uncomfortable trips to the shopping centres after an aggressive beggar was give an Anti-Social Behaviour Order.

Jamie Lee Cooke, 26, of no fixed abode was given the two year order when he appeared before Milton Keynes Magistrates on Thursday, February 3.

The Order prohibits Cooke from entering Central Milton Keynes as bounded by the H5 Portway, V8 Marlborough Street, H6 Childs Way and V6 Grafton Gate, apart from pre-arranged appointments with statutory and non statutory agencies.

He is also prohibited from begging for money, food or clothing in the ‘government’ area of Milton Keynes by the council offices and court.

He has also been told not to cause alarm, harassment and distress to people by becoming verbally abusive and aggressive when refused entry to premises and refused any charitable handout.

Anti-social behaviour officer, PC Dave Goodwin, said: “Cooke has been causing problems within the city for several months. His aggressive behaviour and attitude towards members of the public was being reported on a daily basis.

“Many agencies have tried to work with him and he has been given numerous chances to change his behaviour. We use ASBOs as a last resort and because of Cooke’s continual lack of engagement he left us no choice.”