Norwich man banned from begging anywhere in Norfolk

Darren Coyle, who has been given an order preventing him from begging in Norfolk. Darren Coyle, who has been given an order preventing him from begging in Norfolk.

Friday, March 7, 2014
12:05 PM

A beggar who pestered the public in Norwich has been given a Criminal Anti-Social Behaviour Order preventing him from begging anywhere in Norfolk.

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Darren Coyle, of Berners Close, Norwich, appeared at the city’s magistrates’ court today after pleading guilty to four counts of begging in a public place.

The charges related to incidents which happened in the city centre over a period of four months between October and February.

Coyle admitted begging in Prince of Wales Road, Saint Stephens, Back of the Inns and Magdalen Street.

He also pleaded guilty to threatening behaviour in relation to an incident outside Barclays bank on Aylsham Road on New Year’s Day.

Coyle was given a two-year conditional discharge, ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £15 and given a two-year CRASBO which prevents him from begging in a public place anywhere in Norfolk.

Inspector Jo Walmsley, from the Norwich Operational Partnership Team, said: “Coyle was often aggressive in his nature when begging, often causing distress to law-abiding members of the public.

“We’ve done a lot of work behind the scenes in a bid to improve his behaviour by issuing warnings and directing Coyle to organisations which could support him. However, his persistence to beg left us with no other choice but to take this action.”

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