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Prolific Chatham beggar Sukhvender Singh Deo aka 'Billy the Quid' gets three-year Asbo to stop him pestering people for cash

12 March 2014
by Lynn Cox

A prolific beggar who has been harassing people for cash has been given a third Asbo so he can’t pester people for money.

Sukhvender Singh Deo, 43, who once fleeced a good samaritan out of £35,000 appeared before magistrates in Medway where he pleaded guilty to harassment without violence. 
Sukhvender Singh Deo

Sukhvender Singh Deo

Deo has been begging in the Medway Towns for years and has become known as 'Billy the Quid' due to his incessant requests. He has been given two Asbos to prevent him from asking people for money.
He was given his first in March 2006 and ordered to keep out of Chatham town centre.
The Asbo lasted for two years, but when it expired, Doe of Maidstone Road, Chatham, began begging in the town again.
In 2010 magistrates imposed a second Asbo banning him from entering a large area of Chatham’s town centre. The order also prevented him from begging or seeking charitable donations from anyone other than for a registered charity.
However, Deo ignored the order and breached it on at least one occasion and was later charged with harassment in relation to taking money from Bridget Macedonski.
He was jailed for two years and given an indefinite restraining order banning him from contacting Mrs Macedonski.
However he started begging again when he got out and in 2013  appeared before magistrates at least three times in relation to begging in the Towns.
This week he was given his third Anti-social behaviour order preventing him from begging or harassing people near cash machines.
Deo, appeared at Medway Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday where he admitted harassment without violence between 1 August last year and January 2 this year.
Kent Police officers from the Medway High Street team successfully applied for an Asbo at the hearing.
Under the conditions of the order, he is banned from begging or seeking charitable donations, alms or loans from any person other than a registered charity or a financial institution, loitering in the vicinity of any cash dispensing machine, or acting in an anti-social manner that causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to anyone not of the same household as himself.
Sgt Craig West, who heads  the Medway High Street team, said: Deo is well known across the Medway Towns, particularly in Chatham, for being a nuisance and persistently harassing members of the public by aggressively begging for money.
“People visiting our High Streets to go shopping, or to use cash machines, should be able to do so without being approached for money and faced with this type of behaviour.
“If Deo is seen in the area, or seen begging anywhere in the country, he is breaching the order.
“If this happens he would be committing a crime and could be prosecuted. The order is in place to protect the public from further nuisance behaviour and it is hoped that the local community is reassured by the action taken.
"For the Asbo to work, we do need the support of local residents who must ensure that any breaches of the order are reported to us.
“If he breaches the order, which continues until 10 March 2017, he could be arrested, charged and put before a court."
He asked people to report any breaches of the order to Kent Police on 101.”

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