Cheltenham man who ‘pretended to be homeless and used props’ banned from town after ‘causing distress by begging’

A man from Cheltenham who ‘pretended to be homeless’ and was spotted begging outside shops in the town has been served a Civil Anti-Social Behaviour Injunction.

Alan Dainton, 47, of Vittoria Walk, would bring along items to make himself look like a rough sleeper, despite being in receipt of full benefits, including housing.

Dainton would ‘sit and pretend to be homeless on an almost daily basis’ outside shops and persuade members of the public to part with their cash.

He was served on Monday March 18 at Cheltenham and Gloucester County Court.

The case against him was brought by Solace, a joint team that includes officers from Gloucestershire Constabulary, Cheltenham Borough Council and Gloucester City Council.

The civil injunction forbids Dainton from entering an area of the town centre, in addition to begging in Cheltenham.

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Solace team leader, Louise Boyle, said: “Before taking enforcement action we were aware that Mr Dainton when begging was telling members of the public that he was homeless, however, he had accommodation.

“We were also aware that he was then using this money gained from begging to fund his drug habit.”

“We followed a process of a verbal warning, a letter of concern and a final warning letter asking Mr Dainton to stop his behaviour; at each stage he was also signposted to where he could receive support in the hope that it would help him break the cycle of drug use.

“Solace is committed to reducing anti-social behaviour in both Cheltenham and Gloucester through support and where needed enforcement action.”

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The exclusion map outlines areas that forbids Alan Dainton from entering

The civil injunction order imposed by the courts forbids Mr Dainton from:

  • Engaging in conduct which causes or is capable of causing harassment, alarm or distress
  • Entering or being in the area outlined red on the map
  • Begging at any time within the town of Cheltenham
  • Dainton is required to attend and engage with Change, Grow Live
  • The order will remain in place for a year and will expire on March 18 2020

If anyone witnesses Dainton breaching his ASBI please contact the police on 101 or the Solace team on 01242 264368.

 

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