Lincolnshire Police

Police have handed a ban to a person accused of persistently begging at the Carlton Centre.

The Criminal Behaviour Order is in place for three years and bans them from sitting in a position to beg and approaching people to ask for money or food.

Breaches to such bans can result in a custodial sentence.

Begging has been an issue in the city and surrounding areas for a number of years.

Police have previously highlighted particular spots as ‘lucrative for begging’, and advised people to donate to homeless charities rather than giving directly to someone begging.

Lincoln also has an Intervention Team that combats widespread problems of begging, drug abuse and addiction in the city.

The project is currently funded by the city council, Lincoln BIG, Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner and the NHS.

A 29-year-old man suffered a minor injury to his hand and knee during an alleged robbery in Lincoln.

The man had his bag stolen by another male on Boultham Avenue at 12pm on Sunday, May 2 before the suspect ran off in the direction of the High Street with a group of around five others.

Cash and keys were in the stolen bag.

Lincolnshire Police launched an appeal for witnesses on May 17 and anyone with information should contact the force on 101 or via email at [email protected] quoting incident number 192 of May 2.

Alternatively, it can be reported through the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online here.

A 16-year-old boy last seen in Grantham is now missing for a fourth day and police are seeking assistance to help find him.

Hung Manh Hoang was last seen in the Victoria Street area between 11pm and midnight on Friday, May 14.

He is described as being around 170cm tall, of slim build and with short black hair.

Anyone who has seen Hung, or know where he may be, should contact police on 101 quoting incident number 209 of May 15.

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