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Second jail term for beggar who defied ASBO

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 29, 2012

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A persistent beggar has been jailed for asking passers-by for cash in the centre of Barnstaple.

Joseph Lyons, 49, had already been locked up once for defying an antisocial behaviour order when he was spotted begging in the street in July.

He was made subject of an ASBO by magistrates in Barnstaple in May, but broke the order repeatedly by continuing to beg in the streets of his home town. Lyons, of Sunflower Road, Barnstaple, admitted breaking an ASBO and was jailed for 100 days by Judge Francis Gilbert, QC.

The sentence means Lyons will be released immediately because he has already served 58 days awaiting sentence, the time he would have served if jailed for 116 days.

Alex Allsop, prosecuting, said Lyons was banned from begging as one of four conditions of an ASBO imposed on May 24. He has already been jailed once for 28 days for breaching the order and he was back on the streets of Barnstaple when he was caught again on July 31.

He said: "An officer on foot patrol in the centre of Barnstaple overheard him asking for change or pennies from members of the public."

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