Blackpool beggar sent to jail

Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A magistrate branded a beggar a blight on Blackpool before sending him to prison.

Paul Cuthbert was told by presiding magistrate, Julia Jones: “Begging is a blight on the town of Blackpool. It intimidates people and frightens young families.”

Cuthbert, 42, of St Annes Road, South Shore, pleaded guilty to breaching an interim ABSO by begging. He was sentenced to 56 days in prison by Blackpool magistrates.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said police saw Cuthbert sitting near the Royal Bank of Scotland cash machine in Talbot Road begging on July 20 at 10.20pm.

Cuthbert, who had been released from prison a day earlier, told police he thought his ASBO had expired on June 13.

Stephen Duffy, defending, said Blackpool BID, made-up of 84 companies, had contacted the council and said they believed Cuthbert was a nuisance in the town centre.

Cuthbert had thought his interim ASBO had expired. Because he was not produced for a full ASBO hearing he though Blackpool Council had withdrawn the application.

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