Hatfield man banned from asking the public for money

PUBLISHED: 13:12 21 September 2017 | UPDATED: 17:58 21 September 2017

Lee Shepherd, of Hatfield, has been convicted of breaching his criminal behaviour order.

Lee Shepherd, of Hatfield, has been convicted of breaching his criminal behaviour order.

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A 'persistent offender' has been convicted of breaching his criminal behaviour order after asking members of the public for money in Hatfield and Welwyn Garden City.

Lee Shepherd, 39, of Campion Road, Hatfield, was made subject to the order in December last year after being convicted of a begging offence, which occurred on November 21 where he was aggressive towards a woman when she did not give him money.

Shepherd was charged with the following offences:

•On July 12, he asked a motorist for money in Green Lanes, Hatfield.

•On July 11, he asked a member of the public for money at the Howard Centre, Welwyn Garden City.

•On July 8, he approached numerous members of the public and asked them for money in Goldsmith Way, Hatfield.

His case was heard in his absence at St Albans Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, September 14, where he was found guilty of all three offences.

Last Friday (September 15) he was arrested for failing to appear at court and appeared before Hatfield Remand Court on the same day.

He was sentenced to a rehabilitation activity requirement and must pay £15 in fines.

The criminal behaviour order remains in place.

PC Gavin Richardson, from the Hatfield Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Shepherd is a repeat persistent offender whose actions have had a detrimental effect on the local community.

“When approaching members of the public for money he often behaves in an aggressive manner when cash is not handed over to him.

“I urge anyone who is approached by him not to give him money and to report it to police by calling Hertfordshire Constabulary’s non-emergency number 101 so that any breaches can be dealt with.”

Criminal behaviour orders replace anti-social behaviour orders (ASBOs) and drinking banning orders on conviction and are issued by a criminal court to tackle the most persistent anti-social individuals who are also engaged in criminal activity.

As part of Shepherd’s order the following conditions were imposed:

•Not to act in an anti-social manner that is a manner which causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to any person.

•Not to ask any member of the public for money.

•Not to enter Manor Parade, Hatfield.

•Must stop and remain still when requested by a uniformed officer.

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