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Police secure order against 38-year-old Stoke-on-Trent offender

Written by on 16 December 2020

A woman faces being jailed if she’s found begging anywhere in Stoke-on-Trent in the next five years.

And if 38-year-old Yasmine Degg is found in Tunstall’s Tower Square she will be arrested.

It comes after a Criminal Behaviour Order was granted by magistrates.

Degg, of no fixed abode, appeared in court and admitted theft after taking a CCTV camera. She was handed an 18-week prison term.

Sergeant Charlie Emmett, of Stoke North NPT, welcomed the CBO – and says officers will continue to target those who cause issues across the city. She said: “We have spent a lot of time trying to support this individual and have worked with different agencies in an effort to help her. But ultimately, she has not engaged with this support structure and has persisted in causing problems and acting in an anti-social way in the Tunstall area.

“Our officers are regularly visiting businesses in Tunstall to not only show our presence in the area but to find out what issues they are experiencing and what we can do. It is never acceptable for individuals to act in such a way that creates a negative environment for business owners and the wider public.

“If anyone does have any concerns we urge them to get in touch.”

Sergeant Emmett says work is continuing to secure further CBOs against persistent troublemakers. She added: “We hope this sends out a clear message that we will not accept people behaving in an anti-social way in our towns and we will take action against them. While we work to support individuals, sometimes they simply do not want to engage with us and we will take enforcement.

“We would also ask the public to make us aware if anyone in receipt of such an order breaches it.”

Chief Inspector Mark Barlow, commander of Stoke North NPT, welcomed the magistrates’ decision. He said: “The message to individuals who persistently cause problems in our communities is simple – we will take action.

“We want our town centres to be great places to live, work, and generally enjoy – and anyone who acts in way that is contrary to this vision will be dealt with accordingly.”