Court bans nuisance beggar from Fareham town centre 

A PERSISTENT beggar from Fareham has been banned from the town’s centre.

Martin Steven Airey has been issued with a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) for anti-social behaviour in the town.

A beggar has been banned from Fareham town centre, pictured. Picture: Melanie Leininger

A beggar has been banned from Fareham town centre, pictured. Picture: Melanie Leininger

The order, similar to the now-defunct ASBO, was issued by Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court and will last until September 2020.

It comes after 30-year-old Airey breached a community protection notice and public spaces protection order by begging in West Street and Quay Street on ‘a number of occasions’ between May and July, police said.

The conditions of his CBO, which will also be advertised to shops in Fareham, ban him from entering, sleeping, or remaining in areas of the town centre (including car parks) specified by the court, unless a prior appointment has been made with a support service at the Avalon centre.

Airey can not sit or loiter within 50 metres of any shop, cash machine, or commercial premises for the purpose of begging in Fareham or Gosport.

He must also not use drugs or leave associated paraphernalia in a public space in which a member of the public could come into harm.in Fareham or Gosport.

Criminal Behaviour Orders, which have replaced ASBOS, are imposed by a court and can restrict where you go, who you associate with, and what activities you are allowed to take part in.

Breaching the order is a criminal offence, which can lead to a prison sentence or a fine.