Brighton woman banned from begging for two years

Posted On 17 Jun 2021 at 5:18 pm

A woman from Brighton has been prohibited from begging for two years and banned from local branches of the Pret a Manger sandwich shop chain.

Ella Biggins

Ella Biggins, 31, of Ditchling Rise, was made the subject of a criminal behaviour order by Brighton magistrates and ordered to co-operate with rehab services.

The order was made after she was found to have persistently begged and harassed members of the public for money in an intimidating or aggressive manner.

The order was made at Brighton Magistrates’ Court and said: “You must not

  • sit, lay or loiter in a position with the intention to ask for money in any public place within the area of Brighton and Hove
  • cause harassment, alarm or distress to members of the public when asking for money in any place within the area of Brighton and Hove
  • enter any Pret-a-Manger establishments within Brighton and Hove, namely

– 42 East Street, Brighton, BN1 1HL
– 77 North Street, Brighton, BN1 1ZA
– Unit 2 and 3, Brighton Railway Station, Queen’s Road, Brighton, BN1 3XP

She was also ordered to “engage with the rehabilitation programme at Ditchling Rise, Brighton, or attend appointments as requested by Change Grow Live at Richmond House, 18 Richmond Road, Brighton”.

Sussex Police said: “Ella will receive support from local community groups and will be required to attend regular appointments.”

PC Kevin Michnowicz said: “I am pleased the court approved the application for a criminal behaviour order against Ella to prevent her from causing distress to the public through her anti-social behaviour.

“I want to assure the public that we will continue to use anti-social behaviour legislation to ensure that offenders not only answer for their criminal behaviour but that they are subject to ongoing restrictions in order to provide a respite to individuals, businesses or communities.”

  1. Kevin Reply

    I used to be really, really angry at these type of people, but I stopped to think about how lucky I am, what a decent upbringing I had (although poor) and of all the things that I am now grateful to have.

    This woman probably had a pretty rotten childhood, and none of the opportunities that I’ve had; I hope that she gets the help that she needs

  2. martin jennings Reply

    Yes I,ve also seen this lady on many occasions ,however she behaves and what we think of her she is one of life’s desperate soles and let’s hope she finds love and happiness because we all deserve some of that,so let’s wish her well.

    • Hove Guy Reply

      Yes. She is one of life’s desperate a….soles! And she will be out and about again in no time at all, ready to cause alarm and chaos when she is back on the streets of Brighton. And as for “will be required to attend regular appointments.”, does anyone really take that seriously?

      • Casper Reply

        You nailed it there!

  3. Sam Reply

    This is so sad. I’ve seen her grow up on the streets over the years. I remember being shocked to see someone so young begging when she started years ago. Tragic that she’s come to this really..

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