Beggar had £660 benefits a month

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

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A man persistently went begging for money despite being given more than £660 in benefits a month to live on.

Michael Dagg received at least £160 a fortnight in income support and £85 a week housing benefit plus council tax benefit, but told police he could not afford to eat.

Dagg, 28, of Cleveland Road, North Shore, pleaded guilty to 10 offences of begging.

He was given a two-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay £50 costs with £15 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Lynda Bennett, prosecuting for Blackpool Council, said Dagg was repeatedly caught begging in Central Blackpool outside Pizza Express, Body Care, Marks and Spencer and a vacant betting shop between February 3 and April 16.

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