Manchester City Council

Aggressive beggar jailed for flouting order

A persistent and aggressive beggar who verbally abused members of the public in Manchester city centre and Harpurhey has been jailed for six weeks for breaching a civil injunction order.

The behaviour of Steven Corbett – which had previously included racist abuse - led to him being made subject to a civil injunction order last month banning him from harassing and threatening people and excluding him from parts of the city centre and the whole of Harpurhey District Centre.

In a short period of time Corbett repeatedly breached the order and was warned by a judge on 18 September that if he breached it again he would likely be jailed.

District Judge Stuart had warned him: “If I see you again for breaking any order, not just one of my orders, you will be on your way to prison. The time has come for you to stop. You can’t spend the rest of your life doing this.”

But later the same day, Corbett was back begging and verbally abusing people including a security guard in Harpurhey District Centre in flagrant breach of the injunction.

The 46-year-old admitted breaching the order when he appeared at the County Count sitting at Crown Square, Manchester, on Thursday 27 September before District Judge Goodchild. 

Corbett, of no fixed abode, had repeatedly refused offers of help and support from Manchester City Council and other services.

Councillor Nigel Murphy, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “There is always extensive help and support available for people who find themselves in a position where they believe they need to beg. 

“But Steven Corbett has crossed the line. He continued not just to refuse to engage with services but to harass and abuse members of the public going about their everyday business, causing alarm and distress. People should not have to put up with this and we will not accept it."

“This case sends out a message that we and our colleagues at Greater Manchester Police can’t and won’t tolerate this sort of behaviour. Injunctions which are put in place for the protection of the public cannot be flouted.”

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