Prolific city-centre beggar sent to prison

A PROLIFIC beggar from Bulwell has been jailed for two years after repeatedly breaking the rules of an anti-social behaviour order (ASBO).

Leon Sylvester Lee (42), of Carlin Street, breached the order five times — in just one month.

The ASBO was originally slapped on Lee indefinitely in June last year after he was arrested four times for begging between Thursday January 7 and Saturday March 20.

A court heard that his behaviour was sometimes aggressive and a nuisance to businesses and members of the public.

Lee was banned from begging within Nottingham city centre.

But he continued to offend and ignored the restrictions. He was caught begging five times between Sunday September 12 and Wednesday October 13.

When he appeared at Nottingham Crown Court to answer the charges, he was sent down.

Richard Antcliff, head of neighbourhood enforcement for community protection with Nottingham City Council, said: “This case demonstrates the penalties for breaching a civil order.

“We have consistently reduced begging in the city through a mixture of education, support from partner agencies and strong enforcement.

“This prison sentence should act as a warning. Breach of an ASBO is a serious offence and perpetrators should expect to be dealt with firmly.”

The prosecution of Lee came about through a partnership between the city council and Nottinghamshire police, which is the backbone of the community protection scheme. It tackles anti-social behaviour and environmental crime to create a safer and cleaner city.