Nine months' jail for Nottingham beggar
A MAN who regularly travelled to Nottingham to beg has been jailed.
Darren Walker, 36, has had numerous convictions for begging across the UK.
Derbyshire magistrates handed him a five-year anti-social behaviour order on June 25, 2010, prohibiting him from making an unsolicited request for money or for goods or any other item without payment in England and Wales.
But since then Walker has regularly travelled to Nottingham to beg, often sleeping rough over night.
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Walker, of Drury Court, Derby, has now been jailed for nine months.
At the sentencing on October 22, Community Protection also presented a case for a further amendment to the Asbo, which prohibited Walker from causing or encouraging others to cause harassment, alarm or distress to anyone in Nottingham and Derby.
Councillor Alex Norris, city portfolio holder for community safety, said: "We work closely with support agencies to help people exit chaotic lifestyles but sometimes the only option left is enforcement. If he breaches his Asbo, he'll find himself back before the courts."