A TEENAGER who frightened shoppers by loitering outside stores and demanding money from them has been banned from begging.
Danny Gibson, of Bowness Avenue, Mereside, Blackpool, was handed a criminal anti-social behaviour order (Crasbo) following complaints from residents and businesses targeted by the 19-year-old.
Officers from the neighbourhood policing team and Blackpool Council worked together to secure the Crasbo, which is the same as an anti-social behaviour order (Asbo) but is given on the back of a criminal conviction.
PCSO Liza Riley, from Blackpool town centre neighbourhood police team, said: “Gibson’s behaviour has often been frightening for those he has approached to ask for money and has affected businesses where he has loitered outside as customers have been put off from running the gauntlet past him in order to get inside.
“He has caused problems not just in the town centre but across the borough.”
Gibson is now banned from asking strangers for money, sitting or remaining outside any business or public premises in order to beg, possessing or inhaling lighter fuel and using any threatening, insulting, abusive or disorderly words or behaviour that is likely to cause distress.
It is the second Crasbo to be issued in Blackpool. Martin Rhodes was banned from Blackpool town centre in 2010.
Tim Coglan, Assistant Director for Enforcement and Quality Standards at Blackpool Council, said: “When shoppers come into the town centre, the last thing that they want is to be harassed by individuals, especially in a confrontational way. Not only has he pestered shoppers in the town centre but his loitering was also affecting trade for some town centre businesses.”