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Gravesend beggar issued with criminal behaviour order

A persistent beggar in Gravesend has received a two-year criminal behaviour order.

Throughout the year, police have received continual reports of Sean Hewett making unwanted approaches to people in the town centre, including drivers of stationary vehicles stuck in traffic.

The force submitted an application to Medway Magistrates’ Court for a criminal behaviour order to be made against the 25-year-old.

The beggar has received a two-year criminal behaviour order. Stock picture
The beggar has received a two-year criminal behaviour order. Stock picture

The court granted the order and Hewett, of Swanscombe High Street, is now banned from begging, or inciting others to beg, in the borough, and behaving in a manner, or inciting others to behave in a manner, which would cause harassment, alarm or distress to any person.

Failure to comply with the requirements of a criminal behaviour order is an arrestable offence and can lead to imprisonment.

Inspector Neil Loudon, from the Gravesham community safety unit, said: "This individual’s intimidating behaviour has become a nuisance to the public in Gravesend town centre.

"Unfortunately he has not been responsive to the support Kent Police and our partners have provided, in an attempt to prevent his behaviour continuing.

"The force has not taken this action lightly, however we are committed to ensuring Gravesend remains a safe place for its residents and visitors alike."

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