West Midlands police report that Christopher Stewart aged 46 and Stephen Philips aged 39 appeared before Walsall and Aldridge Magistrates Court on 05/04/2017 for the offences of begging under the Vagrant Act 1824 and breach of Community Protection Notice under the Antisocial Behaviour, Crime & Policing Act 2014 following numerous complaints by members of the public about persistent and aggressive street begging.
It is the first successful criminal prosecution of its kind in the West Midlands Force. Tara North is due to appear before the same court and similar offences on 05/05/2017. Officers will seek a criminal behavior order banning her indefinitely from the area.
The police are anxious to stress that this measure was taken as a last resort as the people concerned had refused offers of assistance designed to prevent them from begging in the area.