Behaviour Order issued to Northampton Man

Published: Tuesday, 20 December 2016

A man has been issued with a Criminal Behaviour Order by Northampton Magistrates’ Court this week [Wednesday 21 December] following allegations of persistent begging.

Northampton Borough Council and Northamptonshire Police decided to take action against Jamie Lee Cooke, of no fixed abode, following concerns about intimidating behaviour.

The five-year order requires Mr Cooke to abide by two prohibitions:

  • Not to approach any person for money, cigarettes or food in any public place or place to which the public have access in Northampton.
  • Not to act or incite others to act in an anti-social manner, that is to say a manner that causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to one or more persons not of the same household as himself.

The 32 year old is also required to engage with the Northampton Borough Council Housing and Wellbeing Team.

Anna King, Northampton Borough Council’s cabinet member for community engagement & safety, said: “Aggressive begging causes concern for many people who use our town centre, the decision of the court this week demonstrates that we can take action to tackle these issues whilst still offering appropriate support to those who need it.”

Any member of the public who witnesses Mr Cooke breaking conditions of the order are encouraged to report the matter to Northamptonshire Police.