Homeless man escapes Ribble Valley Christmas CRASBO

Lancashire Telegraph: Gavin Whalley Gavin Whalley

THERE will be no Christmas CRASBO against a homeless man who faced a ban from the Ribble Valley.

The Crown Prosecution Service has dropped its application against Gavin Whalley which was due to be heard at Blackburn Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.

But had the application gone ahead, the 41-year-old would have had a top team fighting his case.

Defence solicitor Andrew Church-Taylor has revealed that leading barrister, Anthony Cross QC, who lives in the Ribble Valley, had volunteered to represent Mr Whalley free of charge at the CRASBO hearing.

And he would have been assisted by a leading junior counsel from London who is an expert in the field.

Mr Church-Taylor said: “There was a wealth of support for Gavin from people who live in the Ribble Valley when his story was first published.

“People contacted us offering to pay any fines or costs and one woman volunteered to co-ordinate the collection of evidence to present to the CRASBO application.

“I am very grateful to the press for publishing the original story, sparking the subsequent, lively debate.”

Last month, Whalley pleaded guilty to begging in Clitheroe town centre and was fined.

Prosecutor Catherine Allan said Whalley had previous convictions for begging and said the prosecution would be seeking a CRASBO which would prohibit him from entering the Ribble Valley.

Mr Church-Taylor announced he would be opposing the ban and said: “It would appear the police perception is that people in the Ribble Valley are too posh for tramps.”

He said Whalley came from a good family who still live in the Langho area. He said Whalley could often be seen around Whalley and Clitheroe and, on occasions, he asked for charity.

He said: “He is not aggressive and simply asks for spare change.

“He is a man who depends on charity and is grateful for anything he is given.”

Whalley was previously fined when police in Blackburn launched a crackdown after receiving a stream of complaints about beggars from shopkeepers and town centre managers.

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7:46pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Chuck-Norris says...

Always makes me laugh when he asks you to buy specific beer for him from Spar (none of that cheap stuff mind)
Always makes me laugh when he asks you to buy specific beer for him from Spar (none of that cheap stuff mind) Chuck-Norris

7:04am Thu 19 Dec 13

happycyclist says...

What's a CRASBO? It's annoying when newspapers use acronyms and assume that everyone knows what they mean.
What's a CRASBO? It's annoying when newspapers use acronyms and assume that everyone knows what they mean. happycyclist

10:33am Thu 19 Dec 13

Dilshad says...

Criminal Anti-Social Behaviour Order.
Criminal Anti-Social Behaviour Order. Dilshad

12:06pm Thu 19 Dec 13

onsidecobra says...

Thanks for the explanation Dilshad, I didn't know what it meant either.
Thanks for the explanation Dilshad, I didn't know what it meant either. onsidecobra

12:23pm Fri 27 Dec 13

dan8080 says...

Ugh you clitheroe folk are disgusting your all snobby for no good reason us wiswell folk look down on you you peasants
Ugh you clitheroe folk are disgusting your all snobby for no good reason us wiswell folk look down on you you peasants dan8080

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