A man has been accused of breaching a court order just a week after it was issued by allegedly begging in Bury St Edmunds town centre.
Ian Treagus was arrested and charged with breaching a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) after he was seen on CCTV allegedly begging outside a restaurant at the arc shopping centre on August 10.
The 48-year-old and Teresa Hensleigh, 42, both of Tayfen Road, Bury, were hit with CBOs on August 3 after both were convicted of five counts of breaching their community protection notices between May 25 and June 8.
Four of those breaches were for begging and one for entering a shop, in St Andrew’s Street South.
The CBOs, which last for two years, ban them from begging and entering any retail premises in Bury within the boundaries of the adjacent map apart from Croasdales to collect medication.
Acting Inspector Christian Chisnall, of Bury Safer Neighbourhood Team, said they are the second and third people to be issued with a CBO as part of an initiative where Bury Shopwatch scheme and police target prolific shoplifters.
He said: “Police and partner agencies have been trying for months to work with them to address their underlying issues. Unfortunately they have chosen to ignore the help offered to them and have continued to reoffend.”
He described the CBO, which if breached carries a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment, as a ‘last resort’. Treagus has been bailed to appear at Bury Magistrates’ Court on August 31.