£235 court bill for Carlisle 'beggar' given just £1.04

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A beggar seen taking £1.04 from two well wishers in Carlisle city centre has been hit with fines and court costs of £235.

Malcolm John Nicholson, 32, of Lightfoot Drive, Harraby, who failed to turn up for his case today at the city's Rickergate magistrates' court, was found guilty of a single offence of begging.

The court heard how a police officer spotted the defendant sitting beneath the Citadel Court Archway near the city's railway station on Msrch 28.

The officer saw him accept a pound coin from a passing woman and then two 2p coins from a passing man.

Nicholson denied begging, saying that the man and the woman simply gave him the cash. The woman who gave him the £1 coin said he looked homeless and in need.

Finding the case proved, magistrates imposed a £120 fine, a £30 victim surcharge and £85 prosecution costs.

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Ian   Wride , Southport, Monday, 17 July, 2017 at 3:48PM
He was not homeless and quite probably making a nice income. The officer was doing his job
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tap   loader , carlisle Monday, 03 July, 2017 at 12:49PM
The arresting officer must feel so good?I would not engage in small talk with this officer,if i walked past him in the Goby desert,shame on him.
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  , Carlisle Thursday, 29 June, 2017 at 5:16AM
The guy that clearly needs help with just surviving, gets another knock down.Typical of some parts in this country.But yet we through millions at others.
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Emma   , Wednesday, 14 June, 2017 at 8:18PM
The fine and court costs will come out of his benefits too. Waste of everyone's money - come on, it was £1.04!!!!
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Kin   Lapperly , Carlisle Wednesday, 14 June, 2017 at 6:43PM
If there is no more context to this story this seems mighty petty.
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Ronnie   O , Wigton Wednesday, 14 June, 2017 at 4:44PM
Seriously ? so being poor is now a crime ? next step will be prosecuting those who help others. What a nasty little country England is turning into , shameful
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John   Wood , Carlisle Tuesday, 13 June, 2017 at 11:19PM
Crazy. Have the Police and Justice system nothing better to do with their time. Supposed to be a shortage of police officers but sounds as if Carlisle have too many.
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Pete   Holmes , Carlisle Tuesday, 13 June, 2017 at 4:50PM
So how is a beggar supposed to pay off this fine? By going out begging again?? But if he was a drug riddled addict he would have just been given a slap on the wrist and told to attend some do-good counselling sessions.
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Hilary   Comerford , Carlisle Tuesday, 13 June, 2017 at 4:23PM
What a complete waste of time and money!!
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Bern   Windhow , Carlisle Tuesday, 13 June, 2017 at 3:45PM
Victim surcharge? Who exactly was the victim in this act?
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Me   , Cumbria Tuesday, 13 June, 2017 at 1:31PM
What an excellent use of police and court time. We're down on the number of police available and crime is on the increase and they arrest someone for taking £1.04 on the street.
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colin   s , carlisle Tuesday, 13 June, 2017 at 11:18AM
Don't like to see begging, but this is NOT justice, what the hell has gone wrong with us ?
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Nobby   Knowitall , Carlisle Tuesday, 13 June, 2017 at 11:00AM
Name and shame the police officer
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Bob   T , Maryport Tuesday, 13 June, 2017 at 10:30AM
An absolute disgrace. What have we become as a country?
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Mark   W , Carlisle Tuesday, 13 June, 2017 at 3:34PM
Bob, you obviously don't know this man, google is a good start
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