The Metropolitan Police have dropped sanctions brought against a woman for begging after intervention from a human rights organisation.
Advocacy group Liberty launched legal action against the Met after a 40-year-old woman was handed a Community Protection Notice (CPN) last year.
The order prevents individuals from engaging in “anti-social behaviour” and can include begging or even going to certain shops without “good reason”.
Following the Met’s revocation of the CPN, district judge Laws said: “Clearly these are draconian provisions which must be applied with a degree of humanity and proportionality. The respondent will no doubt think carefully before imposing another notice in similar terms, which seem to me rather lurid and wide ranging.”
The Met handed out the CPN in north London in October, imposing restrictions on the woman’s behaviour, including begging. Over the following months, she was forced to defend herself against criminal charges for allegedly breaching the CPN.
Liberty challenged the CPN in court, saying the notice breached its client’s human rights and arguing the police had copy and pasted the terms of the CPN rather than suggest the woman was doing anything to justify the sanction.