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MARTIN MANCHESTER ADMITS A CHARGE OF BEGGING IN A PUBLIC PLACE


MARTIN MANCHESTER ADMITS A CHARGE OF BEGGING IN A PUBLIC PLACE

Martin Johnathan Manchester (33), appeared at Leicester Magistrates' Court to plead guilty to begging at Leicester Railway Station on November 12 last year.
The court was told Manchester was heard asking people for spare change while sitting on the floor.
British Transport Police was notified. Manchester, whose address was given as care of Milwood Close, Mowmacre Hill, Leicester, told police he had been offered food from the station café and given some change from members of the public, but he had not been asking for money.
Carly Randall, who was representing Manchester, said her client needed the money to buy food and had been sofa surfing as he had no official residence.
Manchester has been on probation since receiving a community order, including nine months' treatment for drug dependency and a requirement to attend rehabilitation appointments, last year for shoplifting.
Miss Randall said he had been responding well to the treatments, and they had offered him some stability in his life to prevent him from reoffending.
Manchester was given a conditional discharge for 12 months and was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £15.

Details from Leicester City Magistrates Court List

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