ASBO goes to prolific beggar

Ian Pounds

Ian Pounds

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PROLIFIC offender Ian Pounds has had an anti-social behaviour order extended for two years to ban him from entering the town centre.

Pounds, 43, of Sheppard Street, has been known to police for some time after causing a nuisance in the town by begging aggressively and selling items he takes from nearby bins, and had anti-social behaviour orders imposed in 2009 and 2012.

After a spate of incidents in February, he has been banned from entering the town centre for two years and may not enter any gambling premises in the town for a period of three months, to be reviewed in June.

Tony Nowogrodski, defending, said Pounds had always struggled with gambling, and would inevitably break the order.

He said: “At age 16 Pounds began to suffer from schizophrenia. That is now being managed. About that time he developed a gambling addiction, and that is something that has been ongoing for a long period of time.

“He was shoplifting small things from shops at the time to fund his addiction on fruit machines. Matters became worse when he went into custody on a number of occasions.

“Over the last few years the ASBO was made against the background where he discovered there were skips round the back of Havelock Street. Pounds would fish the items out of the skips and hawk them around town.

“In the past a town centre ban was made against Pounds as part of an ASBO. Every time he gets tired and walks through the town centre, that is a breach and a serious matter. He lives just on the cusp of the town centre and has no means of transport. Every time he leaves the front door he is tempted.”

District Judge Simon Cooper, sentencing, said: “There is evidence here of an obsession with obtaining money in the town centre in Swindon by anti-social means, including aggressive begging and targeting lone women at cash points.

“Pounds has admitted that he steals to obtain money so that he can gamble. The behaviour he has exhibited to individuals in the town centre amounts to clear incidents of anti-social behaviour.

“Pounds has not sought to slow down the many incidents he commits. He is capable of understanding what is happening to him, and his behaviour is unacceptable.”

Addressing Pounds personally, he said: “You have to understand that what you do is unacceptable to the community, and they object to your behaviour in the town. There are only certain ways the court can prevent you from doing this.

“I have done this to protect the people of Swindon from you. Some of them are frightened by your behaviour.

“I have made it harder for you to gamble in Swindon so you may be able to see some sense. There are other ways to enjoy life in this otherwise splendid town. You should find more constructive ways to spend your time.”

PC Paul Bezzant, of the town centre neighbourhood policing team, said he hoped the order would help tackle the issue.

“In all these things we fear there may be elements of displacement, but this will hopefully tackle the problems we are finding in the town centre,” he said.

“The opportunity for Ian to offend in the town centre is all there for him. We hope that while this may not solve his problems, it will reduce anti-social behaviour in the town centre.

“This is his third order, and is probably the most all-encompassing we have had, so I am hoping it will be the most effective.”

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7:17am Sat 22 Mar 14

house on the hill says...

Wow that's really going to teach him isn't it! What a complete waste of time and money our courts really are.
Wow that's really going to teach him isn't it! What a complete waste of time and money our courts really are. house on the hill
  • Score: 5

10:16am Sat 22 Mar 14

ChannelX says...

As ever, an utterly woeful response to this serial criminal by our courts.

It's SO totally pointless and such a complete waste of our money it really does call into question why we are forced to keep paying for this nonsense.
As ever, an utterly woeful response to this serial criminal by our courts. It's SO totally pointless and such a complete waste of our money it really does call into question why we are forced to keep paying for this nonsense. ChannelX
  • Score: 6

10:17am Sat 22 Mar 14

Davey Gravey says...

Remember this guy from years ago. He would come into pubs with rubbish trying to sell it. This was like 15-20 years ago. I saw him again recently when I was having a meal in town and he was outside approaching people.

The asbo won't do any good.
Remember this guy from years ago. He would come into pubs with rubbish trying to sell it. This was like 15-20 years ago. I saw him again recently when I was having a meal in town and he was outside approaching people. The asbo won't do any good. Davey Gravey
  • Score: 6

12:54pm Sat 22 Mar 14

bradley red 1 says...

Prime example of somebody overtaken by gambling, way too many bookmakers all over the place,scurge of society imo!!
Prime example of somebody overtaken by gambling, way too many bookmakers all over the place,scurge of society imo!! bradley red 1
  • Score: 1

1:39pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Hmmmf says...

Let's remember who this is:
http://goo.gl/2bBfgr
Let's remember who this is: http://goo.gl/2bBfgr Hmmmf
  • Score: 16

1:43pm Sat 22 Mar 14

mrwoo says...

I'd go further and ban all beardy weirdy's from the Town centre. Strange bunch!
I'd go further and ban all beardy weirdy's from the Town centre. Strange bunch! mrwoo
  • Score: 0

1:53pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Localboy86 says...

He asked me for money in town recently, I told him I recognised him from the adver and he laughed, then asked me for money again - he didn't get any
He asked me for money in town recently, I told him I recognised him from the adver and he laughed, then asked me for money again - he didn't get any Localboy86
  • Score: 3

2:11pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Hmmmf says...

Oh he probably gets quite a lot of our money, one way or another.
Oh he probably gets quite a lot of our money, one way or another. Hmmmf
  • Score: 3

2:22pm Sat 22 Mar 14

LordCharles says...

Shame. I bought a very nice watch from this man. He said he had owned it for many years but they had engraved Jenny McFarlane, the wrong name, on the back. I will miss him.
Shame. I bought a very nice watch from this man. He said he had owned it for many years but they had engraved Jenny McFarlane, the wrong name, on the back. I will miss him. LordCharles
  • Score: 8

8:10am Sun 23 Mar 14

semitonic says...

mrwoo wrote:
I'd go further and ban all beardy weirdy's from the Town centre. Strange bunch!
Agree with that, especially the ones who stand around the center on a Sunday morning shouting about 'god' and accusing everyone of being sinners, cheeky ****ѕ.
[quote][p][bold]mrwoo[/bold] wrote: I'd go further and ban all beardy weirdy's from the Town centre. Strange bunch![/p][/quote]Agree with that, especially the ones who stand around the center on a Sunday morning shouting about 'god' and accusing everyone of being sinners, cheeky ****ѕ. semitonic
  • Score: 7

2:43pm Sun 23 Mar 14

greenpacer says...

I laughed at the part where this town was described as "splendid " !!
I laughed at the part where this town was described as "splendid " !! greenpacer
  • Score: 3

6:10pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Localboy86 says...

If the police really wanted him out of town they could do him for obtaining money by deception (he lies to get money, tells you he's homeless, thirsty etc) but they just go after the easy result
If the police really wanted him out of town they could do him for obtaining money by deception (he lies to get money, tells you he's homeless, thirsty etc) but they just go after the easy result Localboy86
  • Score: 2

7:06pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Hmmmf says...

Localboy86 wrote:
If the police really wanted him out of town they could do him for obtaining money by deception (he lies to get money, tells you he's homeless, thirsty etc) but they just go after the easy result
Even after 179 burglaries the Last Chance Saloon gave him yet another last chance. He'd have to beat up another OAP like he did in 2007 to stand a chance of a prison sentence.
http://goo.gl/nTQRKa
[quote][p][bold]Localboy86[/bold] wrote: If the police really wanted him out of town they could do him for obtaining money by deception (he lies to get money, tells you he's homeless, thirsty etc) but they just go after the easy result[/p][/quote]Even after 179 burglaries the Last Chance Saloon gave him yet another last chance. He'd have to beat up another OAP like he did in 2007 to stand a chance of a prison sentence. http://goo.gl/nTQRKa Hmmmf
  • Score: 6

7:59pm Sun 23 Mar 14

leafy1 says...

I think we need to pack him off to America....you know what happens to burglars when they enter the house of someone who is armed.....I can assure you he won't commit another 179 burglaries after doing so
I think we need to pack him off to America....you know what happens to burglars when they enter the house of someone who is armed.....I can assure you he won't commit another 179 burglaries after doing so leafy1
  • Score: 2

11:24am Mon 24 Mar 14

EmmBee says...

Thanks for the links to previous offences. What an utter scumbag. I'm surprised, given that he seems to be usually at large in the town centre that someone hasn't seen fit to take him aside for a "talking to".
Thanks for the links to previous offences. What an utter scumbag. I'm surprised, given that he seems to be usually at large in the town centre that someone hasn't seen fit to take him aside for a "talking to". EmmBee
  • Score: 3

12:50pm Mon 24 Mar 14

ChannelX says...

EmmBee wrote:
Thanks for the links to previous offences. What an utter scumbag. I'm surprised, given that he seems to be usually at large in the town centre that someone hasn't seen fit to take him aside for a "talking to".
Anyybody doing so would be quite mad, because it's very clear that this repeat, career criminal has the full support, encouragement and protection of the Criminal Justice System behind him.

They clearly have no desire to stop him reoffending and would most certainly deal very harshly with anyone who did prevent him going about his routine offending.
[quote][p][bold]EmmBee[/bold] wrote: Thanks for the links to previous offences. What an utter scumbag. I'm surprised, given that he seems to be usually at large in the town centre that someone hasn't seen fit to take him aside for a "talking to".[/p][/quote]Anyybody doing so would be quite mad, because it's very clear that this repeat, career criminal has the full support, encouragement and protection of the Criminal Justice System behind him. They clearly have no desire to stop him reoffending and would most certainly deal very harshly with anyone who did prevent him going about his routine offending. ChannelX
  • Score: 4

7:03pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

ASBO`s like so many other laws are pathetic. More laws that only apply to the law abiding.
Given that his address is in town what does that mean?
He will be in old town by the weekend....
ASBO`s like so many other laws are pathetic. More laws that only apply to the law abiding. Given that his address is in town what does that mean? He will be in old town by the weekend.... Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: 1

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