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Beggar is given country-wide Asbo

Peter Wilson (picture from police)
Police said Wilson's behaviour would not be tolerated

A man has been given an anti-social behaviour order (Asbo) banning him from begging anywhere in England and Wales.

Peter Wilson followed people around Oxford city centre and stood behind them at cash machines asking for money.

He also broke rules on selling the Big Issue and was subsequently banned from selling the magazine, police said.

The 47-year-old's Asbo will remain in force until 2 June 2011 after he received the order at Oxford Magistrates' Court.

Pc Paul Phillips, of Thames Valley Police, said: "Mr Wilson's begging has caused harassment and distress to many residents and people in the community.

"We captured him on video literally going up to everyone in the street asking for money, and even following people if he was unsuccessful.

"He also stood close to people as they used cash machines. This caused a major nuisance.

"This order shows that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated."

Earlier this week, a noisy busker served with a noise abatement order banning him from drumming in Newcastle city centre after complaints by residents and traders.

Graeme Conway, 33, from Walker, was told if he is seen or heard playing in public in the city he will be fined 5,000 and his drum seized.


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