Lancashire

Blackpool residents urged to report beggar sightings

Martin Rhodes
Image caption Rhodes is subject to a two-year order which bans him from Blackpool centre

People in Blackpool are being urged to report any sightings of an aggressive beggar who has been banned from the town centre for two years.

Lancashire Police said Martin Rhodes had plagued shoppers and businesses with his drinking, drug-taking and unpredictable behaviour.

But now the 26-year-old is subject to a Criminal Anti-Social Behaviour Order (Crasbo) banning him from the resort.

Officers have been handing out leaflets to raise awareness of the ban.

The leaflets, which have been funded by Lancashire Police Authority, have been distributed to shops, businesses and residents.

No drinking

Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Liza Riley said: "We had received repeated complaints from shoppers and businesses of Rhodes' aggressive and unpredictable behaviour.

"These leaflets are intended to make people who live and work in the area aware that Rhodes is banned from the town centre and encourage them to report any breaches of the order."

Rhodes was given the Crasbo last month following reports of his anti-social behaviour in the town.

The order, which runs until 20 July 2012, prohibits him from entering Blackpool town centre.

Other measures include banning Rhodes being in possession of an open container of alcohol in Blackpool, begging, or using threatening, insulting, abusive or disorderly words or behaviour.