Beggar is banned from Burnley town centre

Kevin Feeney. (s)

Kevin Feeney. (s)

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A NUISANCE beggar, who intimidated and abused shoppers in Burnley, has been banned from entering the town centre.

Kevin Feeney (44), of Abel Street, Burnley, was given the two-year anti-social behaviour order at Reedley Magistrates’ Court.

The action follows complaints from concerned members of the public about Feeney’s behaviour including intimidation, harassment, verbal abuse and anti-social behaviour.

During the last four months, security staff have removed Feeney from points across the town centre on more than 20 occasions.

Under the conditions of the order, Feeney is banned from entering Burnley town centre ring road unless attending a pre-arranged medical appointment. He is also banned from approaching the public and asking for money within the Burnley area.

Community beat manager for the town centre PC Ashley James said: “Feeney has caused a lot of problems and been extremely disruptive to shoppers, visitors and shop keepers. His aggressive and intimidating behaviour has left residents in fear and distress and this ASBO should afford them much-needed protection from his behaviour.”.