A man has been sentenced to 18 weeks’ imprisonment for breaching a criminal behaviour order (CBO) by begging in central Milton Keynes.

Marcus Etienne, aged 51, of Stafford Grove, Milton Keynes, was convicted at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court on Friday (12/2) for breaching a CBO.

At approximately 1pm on 11 February, Etienne was outside thecentre:MK shopping centre, continually approaching and stopping members of the public asking for money and spare change.

Marcus Etienne

Etienne is the first person to have been given a CBO in MK for anti-social behaviour / begging.

Sgt Keith Lavery from the Milton Keynes central neighbourhood team said: “The CBO was originally granted in August 2015 due to Etienne’s continuous begging and anti-social behaviour, mainly in Central Milton Keynes.

“This sentence sends out a strong message to others engaging in the same behaviour that it will not be tolerated and they can expect to be dealt with as robustly.”