Putney's "Beggar" Breaches ASBO

Simon Wright is facing possibility of new home in jail

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The street beggar who claimed he was homeless and pestered people for money in Putney High Street but was actually living in a £300,000 flat in Fulham was arrested begging in Leicester Square.

In June Mr Wright was hit with an anti-social behaviour order (asbo) which bans him from visiting Putney and Roehampton and prohibits him from begging anywhere in London.

He has also been ordered to keep his dog muzzled and under control at all times in a public place after the court heard that it had bitten at least one person.

And he is prohibited from behaving in an aggressive or threatening way towards any person.
The order will remain in place until May 2015. If Mr Wright breaches any if its terms he could be sent to prison for up to five years and face an unlimited fine.

On Tuesday it is alleged that street wardens working for Westminster City Council spotted him asking for money in Leicester Square, and alerted police. After the officers realised who he was, he was arrested and bailed to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court later this month.

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July 19, 2013