A MAN who was banned from begging in Hereford city centre breached his order less than a week after it was made.

Paul Leslie McDougall, 34, of no fixed address, admitted breaching the terms of a criminal behaviour order imposed by Hereford magistrates on January 9 when he appeared at Kidderminster Magistrates Court on January 23.

But, the court heard, McDougall was seen holding out an item and appearing to beg for money in the Victoria Street underpass in Hereford on January 14, in breach of the order.

McDougall also admitted further breaching the order by failing to attend a drug rehabilitation appointment on January 17.

The three-year order banned McDougall from begging in Widemarsh Street, High Town, High Street, Eign gate, All Saints Street, Victoria Street underpass, Capuchin Lane, Church Street, Hereford Cathedral and the surrounding area, and the Old Market Shopping Complex.

He was also required to engage and co-operate with drug and alcohol service, Addaction, to address his addictions.

Magistrates ordered that McDougall be detained in the courthouse, with detention deemed served by time already spent in custody.

No costs order was made due to McDougall's lack of means.