Jail term and three-year CBO issued

16/09/2019, PR-9177

Regan McFarlane and his CBO exclusion zone
The CBO restricts Regan McFarlane from entering Wakefield city centre except under certain circumstances.

A chronic beggar who terrorised staff at an art studio in Wakefield has been jailed for eight weeks, banned from casual entry into Wakefield for three years or asking for money across the entire district for the same period.

The sentence was handed down at Leeds Magistrates Court on 9 September against Regan McFarlane, aged 26, of no fixed address.

He was sentenced to six weeks imprisonment for using threatening and abusive behaviour to staff at the Art House, Drury Lane, Wakefield.

The court heard that on 1 April 2019 Regan McFarlane visited the Art House, from which he was previously banned for aggressive behaviour. On this occasion, he made threats to staff which left them fearing for their safety.

He received a further two weeks imprisonment for failing to appear at court on 19 August 2019.

The magistrate also granted a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) for three years.

Wakefield District
Regan McFarlane is barred from begging in Wakefield District.

Under the terms of the CBO Regan McFarlane must not enter Wakefield city centre (as shown on the attached map A) except when attending pre-arranged appointments such as with solicitors, court, police, dentist, doctor or as directed by the court, when he must take a direct route to and from the appointment and leave the area immediately or as soon as practicably possible after the appointment ends.

He was also barred from asking another person for money in the Wakefield District (as shown on the attached map B) except as part of a contract of employment or legitimate benefit claim or a retail purchase or a banking transaction.

He was also ordered not to remain in any public building in the Wakefield District (as shown on the attached map B) when requested to leave by staff working in the building.

Cllr Maureen Cummings
Cllr Maureen Cummings

​Cllr Maureen Cummings, Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities, said: "Regan McFarlane has repeatedly caused problems in Wakefield city centre, including aggressive begging, using threatening and abusive behaviour at various premises. We always prefer the route of moral suasion but when people choose to ignore our appeals then this sentence should send a strong signal that the city will not accept intolerable and inconsiderate behaviour."