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Persistent beggar receives Asbo
Christopher Kurris (pic from Thames Valley Police)
Kurris has been banned from Reading town centre
A persistent Berkshire town beggar has been given a five-year Anti Social Behaviour Order (Asbo).

Christopher Kurris, 30, from Avon Place, Reading, was given the order after admitting five offences of begging in a public place.

The order, which runs until February 2013, bans him from begging anywhere in the borough of Reading and from entering the town centre.

Kurris was also sentenced to 40 days in prison, which was suspended for a year.

Police said the Asbo was imposed at Reading Magistrates' Court in relation to his activities as a beggar, rough sleeper and previous incidents of shoplifting.

Sgt Rob Murray, of Thames Valley Police, said: "I hope that this will send out a strong message to other people engaged in these activities.

"As part of the roll out of neighbourhood policing in this area the community identified anti-social behaviour, street begging and rough sleeping as their top three priorities and we will continue to strive to tackle these issues."

The order prohibits Kurris from entering the town centre unless he is attending a pre-arranged appointment or an employment agency.

He is also banned from acting in a manner that causes, or is likely to cause, harassment, alarm, or distress to any person.

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