A prison term has been handed down to a man who repeatedly breached a Criminal Behaviour Order in Sheerness.

Ian Grist has been sentenced to 84 days in prison after he ignored restrictions which were in place to prevent him causing antisocial behaviour and persistently begging.

The three-year order was imposed on Grist in October 2021 and, along with other conditions, banned him from entering the High Street and asking any unknown person for money.

On Wednesday 2 and Friday 4 February 2022, the 64-year-old was seen begging in the town and was arrested.

Grist, of Kent Road, Sheerness appeared before Folkestone Magistrates’ Court on Saturday 5 February where he was sentenced.

Inspector Paul Stoner, of the Swale Community Safety Unit, said: ‘Grist’s antisocial actions caused concern to business owners and intimidated some residents and visitors to the town. 

‘He received several warnings but chose to disregard an order from the court that required him to moderate his behaviour. It is hoped a prison sentence will assist him to reconsider his future conduct.’

By Ed

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