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Beggar off.

Aggressive beggar Thomas Taws has been banned from the streets after waging a campaign of terror on traders and shoppers.

Staff at fast food shops and security staff at Newcastle's Eldon Square regularly faced Taws' rants and harassment.

But now the 33-year-old vagrant, pictured, has been ordered to stay away from the city centre after he was given an Asbo by Gosforth magistrates.

Taws, of Hexham House, Walker, Newcastle, faces arrest and possible jail if he breaks the terms of his conditions.

Traders and shoppers today welcomed the Asbo placed on Taws.

Street trader Stephen Baxter, 46, of Newcastle, said: "Beggars are getting a problem and it puts people off. We've had it before when they've harassed customers while you're serving them and we chase them off."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 11, 2007
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