Arresting beggars a ‘last resort’ as prosecutions fall 40 per cent – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 1st, 2017 in news, prosecutions, statistics, vagrancy by sally

‘Arresting beggars has become a “last resort”, the police say, as new figures show that prosecutions have fallen by 40 per cent in two years.’

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Daily Telegraph, 31st July 2017

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One in three councils targeting rough sleepers with enforcement measures: Crisis – Local Government Lawyer

‘More than one in three councils (36%) are targeting rough sleepers with enforcement measures such as Criminal Behaviour Orders (CBOs) and Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs), research by national homelessness charity Crisis has suggested.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th April 2017

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Adverts banned for portraying beggars as ‘disingenuous and undeserving’ – The Independent

Posted September 28th, 2016 in advertising, homelessness, local government, news, vagrancy by sally

‘Four Nottingham City Council posters urging people not to give money to beggars have been banned for being likely to cause widespread offence and reinforcing negative stereotypes.’

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The Independent, 28th September 2016

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Begging prosecutions increase dramatically across England and Wales – The Guardian

Posted December 1st, 2014 in news, prosecutions, vagrancy by tracey

‘Prosecutions for begging have rocketed across England and Wales over the past year with dramatic increases recorded in many police force areas. The number of cases brought to court under the 1824 Vagrancy Act has surged by 70%, prompting concerns that cuts to support services and benefits are pushing more people to resort to begging.’

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The Guardian, 30th November 2014

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Three charged with stealing food from skip behind Iceland supermarket – The Guardian

Posted January 29th, 2014 in burglary, Crown Prosecution Service, food, news, public interest, vagrancy, waste by sally

‘Crown Prosecution Service claims there is “significant public interest” in prosecuting men arrested for taking discarded food.’

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The Guardian, 28th January 2014

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Burglar fined 1p for breaking into artists’ workshop – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 13th, 2011 in burglary, fines, news, sentencing, vagrancy by tracey

“A convicted burglar who broke into an artists’ workshop has been fined just 1p after a deal was agreed with the prosecution.”

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Daily Telegraph, 13th May 2011

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Akhurst v Director of Public Prosecutions – Times Law Reports

Posted April 14th, 2009 in law reports, vagrancy by sally

Akhurst v Director of Public Prosecutions

Queen’s Bench Divisional Court

“University grounds and buildings were not an enclosed area for the purposes of the Vagrancy Act 1824 which referred to any dwelling house, warehouse, coach house, stable or outhouse, enclosed yard, garden or area.”

The Times, 13th April 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Akhurst v Director of Public Prosecutions – WLR Daily

Posted March 16th, 2009 in law reports, vagrancy by sally

Akhurst v Director of Public Prosecutions; [2009] WLR (D) 96

University grounds and buildings were not an enclosed area within the meaning of s 4 of the Vagrancy Act 1824.”

WLR Daily, 13th March

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

JL (a Youth) v Director of Public Prosecutions – Times Law Reports

Posted October 8th, 2007 in law reports, vagrancy by sally

1824 Act is used with caution

JL (a Youth) v. Director of Public Prosecutions

Queen’s Bench Division

“An accused was deemed a rogue and vagabond where he had been discovered in an enclosed yard and had criminal conduct in mind.”

The Times, 8th October 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

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JL (A Youth) v. Crown Prosecution Service – WLR Daily

Posted July 19th, 2007 in law reports, vagrancy by sally

JL (A Youth) v. Crown Prosecution Service

“An accused was ‘found’ in an inclosed yard for an ‘unlawful purpose’ within the meaning of s 4 of the Vagrancy Act 1824 when he had been seen or discovered in an inclosed yard with criminal conduct in mind.”

WLR Daily, 16th July 2007

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.