Kilburn man banned from begging on the streets

He falsely claimed to be homeless, penniless and disabled

A PERSISTANT beggar who pretended to be homeless, penniless and disabled has been banned from duping people into giving him cash.

James Sanderson, 46, of Ariel Way, Kilburn, sat near Kilburn and Finchley Tube Station with a begging bowl and a cardboard notice making the fake claims about his status.

After receiving a string of complaints about Sanderson, PCSO Toby Springate, of West Hampstead Safer Neighbourhoods Team, gathered enough evidence about his behaviour to obtain an Asbo stopping him from begging.

As part of three-year long order, granted by Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court, Sanderson faces arrest if he begs, solicits or encourages anyone to give him money or other items such as food or clothing in any public area within the M25 area.

PCSO Springate, who took on the challenge against Sanderson despite it usually being undertaken by a Police Constable, said: “Obtaining this Asbo has been very satisfying.

“It will hopefully deter others from begging and participating in acts of anti social behaviour in the West Hampstead area.

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“If not, our team is more than prepared to take action.”