Woman who moved to city to drink and beg is kicked out of Plymouth
A STREET booze pest who moved to the city "simply to drink and beg" has been thrown out of Plymouth.
Persistent troublemaker Lisa Graham has been ordered out of the city by a judge following a string of nuisance crimes.
The 39-year-old was told she must leave Plymouth by the end of the day – and has been warned to expect prison if she returns.
She has been hit with a tough two-year Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) forbidding her from setting foot within the city's boundaries for two years.
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Graham's list of criminal convictions include battery, possession of a blade and regular arrests for begging and alcohol-related disorder.
Plymouth City Council successfully applied for the strict ASBO at Plymouth Magistrates' Court yesterday.
The same court heard how, in one typical incident in the early hours of Saturday morning, Graham was found lying on a North Hill pavement too drunk to stand up.
The ASBO, which comes into force today, also aims to stop her approaching people in the street in other parts of the region.
The order bans Graham from asking people for money, cigarettes or alcohol, and from asking people to buy her alcohol, anywhere in Devon and Cornwall.
The council submitted evidence from a city PCSO, who claimed Graham was trying to sidestep the restrictions of a previous ASBO by moving from area to area.
"She has moved to Plymouth simply to engage in street drinking and begging," the PCSO said.
Magistrates in Truro had issued a similar two-year ASBO against Graham just last week.
That was part of a crackdown on alcohol misuse by police in the town of Camborne.
Dorian Thomas, of Cornwall Council's crime disorder reduction team, told Truro magistrates help had been offered.
But he added: "Her behaviour continued to have an adverse affect on the local community and, as it escalated, it was felt necessary to apply for an ASBO."
Graham, whose address was given as Hillsborough, in Mannamead, was also in the dock yesterday charged with being drunk and incapable.
Plymouth Magistrates' Court heard how she had spent the weekend in a cell after being found lying in North Hill at around 3.45am on Saturday.
Prosecutor Eoin McCarthy said: "When asked to get to her feet she was unable to do so.
"She tried repeatedly, in fact up to about ten times, but she either fell over or was unable to stand up independently.
"Because of her condition she was arrested and spent the weekend in custody thereafter."
Graham pleaded guilty to the charge, accepting it also put her in breach of a six-month conditional discharge, imposed for a battery offence and possession of a blade.
District Judge Kevin Gray fined her £85 and ordered her to pay a victim surcharge of £15.
However, after two nights spent in custody, he said the fine was "considered paid", and imposed no separate penalty for the breach.