Bradford Beggar Banned From City Centre

Roy Rhodes

Roy Rhodes pretended to be homeless to ask people for money.

A man from Bradford, who pretended to be homeless in order to obtain money from others, has been banned from Bradford city centre for five years.

Roy Rhodes, aged 38 and from Boldshay Street in Barkerend, has been given a Criminal Behaviour Order after officers from the Bradford District Anti-Social Behaviour Unit presented evidence to Bradford magistrates relating to instances of begging, anti-social behaviour and threatening behaviour. 

He is prevented from entering the city centre unless attending court, or planned appointments with legal representatives, or housing or substance misuse agencies. 

Any breaches of the order which was served earlier this month, may result in a prison sentence.

Inspector Beth Pagnillo, who leads the City Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Rhodes’ behaviour has been of concern to people and businesses in Bradford city centre.

“We hope this order will send out a message that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and that we will take action with partners to protect the public from individuals whose behaviour causes concern.”

Councillor Abdul Jabar, Bradford Council's Executive Member with responsibility for community safety, added: "People need to feel safe when they come into the city centre and not feel threatened or harassed. We will take action against anti-social behaviour – it will not be tolerated.”

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