Aggressive beggar banned from 'being a nuisance' and sent to jail

Kyle Pople
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A man who violated his civil injunction eight times has been sent to prison. Kyle Pople, 36, of no fixed address, was handed an eight-month jail term after being found guilty of breaching his injunction from April 26 to May 11 this year.

Taunton Magistrates' Court heard how Pople violated terms that prohibited him from aggressively begging, leaving drug paraphernalia outside shop doors and being found under the influence of alcohol and drugs while partially clothed. All these incidents took place within the town centre of Bridgwater.

Anti-Social Behaviour Co-Ordinator, Lily Crowther-Luke, said: "Pople had been offered support repeatedly, including help in being housed, however he continued to offend and commit offences. Civil injunctions are designed to prevent anti-social behaviour through positive requirements and by deterring specific behaviour. In this case, Pople has disregarded and ignored this injunction and has persisted with his offending."

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A statement from Avon and Somerset Police said: "Along with his eight-month custodial sentence, Pople was handed a two-year extension to his civil injunction at the sentencing hearing on Friday 7 June."

Pople will be banned from:

  • Engaging or threatening to engage with a member of the public in a manner capable of causing nuisance, annoyance, alarm or harassment

  • Sitting on the ground or loitering without good reasons in areas of pedestrian footfalls, in doorways, shop fronts or residential areas

  • Approach individuals to request money or financial assistance unless they are an employee of a recognised agency that provides these services

  • Stay on any retail premises when asked to leave

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