Plymouth beggar is banned from asking for money
AN AGGRESSIVE beggar who is believed to have targeted disabled and elderly people has been banned from asking strangers for money.
Anthony Fox had even led his victims to cash machines to fund his drink and drug habits, a court heard.
Plymouth magistrates gave Fox a wide-ranging Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) for five years.
The 50-year-old is banned from approaching any person in the city to ask for money and from using foul or abusive language.
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Fox, staying at the Salvation Army hostel in Devonport, is also not allowed to take illegal drugs nor be intoxicated in public. He has also been banned from using the streets as a toilet and has been prohibited from several areas, including the city centre.
Fox did not appear in court but contested the application for the order through his solicitor.
Dylan Sadler, for Plymouth City Council, said Fox's drug of choice was heroin – and said he also drank heavily. He added: "He constantly approaches various members of the public, vulnerable people such as disabled people, the elderly or lone females to beg money, presumably to fund his lifestyle. If they refuse, he becomes threatening." Mr Sadler added: "He grabbed one disabled man firmly by the arm and demanded money from him. He seems to almost groom his targets, picking on the elderly and the disabled."
Mr Sadler claimed another man had been led to a cash machine. He said Fox had refused help from the agencies which could assist him.
The ASBO also prevents Fox from going into private gardens without consent. It is also a criminal offence for him to loiter outside any commercial premises if asked to move by an employee or police.