Man issued with Criminal Behaviour Order for ‘aggressive’ begging in St Albans

Joshua Owen.
Picture: Herts Police

Joshua Owen. Picture: Herts Police - Credit: Archant

A man from Apsley has been issued with a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) after members of the public complained of his ‘aggressive and persistant’ begging in Dacorum and St Albans.

Since April 2017 police have received several calls regarding the behaviour of 39-year-old Joshua Owen, from London Road, Apsley.

He had previously been issued with a Community Protection Notice (CPN) instructing him to stop his persistent begging, but he breached the terms of the order.

As a result, Owen was convicted at court on Tuesday, May 1 of failing to comply with his CPN, as well as theft, receiving stolen goods, going equipped to steal and two counts of fraud.

The local Community Safety Unit subsequently applied for the CBO which was granted by magistrates.


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CBOs replace Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) and Drinking Banning Orders on conviction and are issued by a criminal court to tackle the most persistent anti-social individuals who are also engaged in criminal activity.

As part of the two-year order Owen must not approach any member of the public in order to solicit money within Hertfordshire. If he does not comply with the order, he could be sent to prison.

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Sergeant Mike Saunders, from the Dacorum and St Albans Community Safety Unit, said: “Joshua Owen is a persistent offender whose actions have had a detrimental effect on the local community.

“When approaching members of the public for money he often behaves in an aggressive manner when cash is not handed over to him.

“I urge anyone who is approached by him not to give him money and to report the incident to police by calling Hertfordshire Constabulary’s non-emergency number 101 so that any breaches can be dealt with. Information can also be reported online via our website.”

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