A 74-year-old woman has been handed an ASBO banning her from begging in Cardiff city centre.
Agripina Gheorge, of no fixed address, was made the subject of the order at Cardiff Magistrates’ Court to protect the public from her anti-social behaviour.
Police said complaints were made after she approached members of the public and shopkeepers on a daily basis begging for money. She would often hand out a note stating that the money was to buy nappies and milk for her babies.
The three-year order bans her from begging anywhere within the city and county of Cardiff and also entering the city centre between 8am and 8pm.
If she breaches the order she could be imprisoned for five years, fined, or both.
Acting Sergeant Geraint White of South Wales Police said:
“This is the fourth anti social behaviour order the city centre policing team have obtained in recent months as we continue to ensure that those visiting, working or living in the city centre can do so free from being harassed by beggars.
“Those made subject of ASBOs have been provided with opportunities to engage with services that can help but unfortunately they have continued to beg.
“Anti-social behaviour orders give individuals an opportunity to abide by the conditions and to change their behaviour.”
Councillor Judith Woodman said:
“People have the right to go about their business in Cardiff city centre without being harassed in this distressing manner.
“Cardiff has a vibrant city centre to be proud of and attracts significant amounts of visitors every year.
“It is unacceptable for people to behave in this manner and I’m pleased a partnership approach involving Cardiff Council, South Wales Police and the CPS has led to this individual being banned from begging and entering the city centre at times when she can become a nuisance to others.”
Police urge the public to report all incidents of anti-social behaviour and contact the police on 101 if they believe the terms of an ASBO are being broken.