A High Wycombe man who claimed he was homeless to try and get money from members of the public has been fined.

David Kennedy was previously banned by a community protection notice from begging for money in Marlow High Street, but was seen there on five separate occasions between January 8 and 16 this year.

On January 8, 12, 13, 15 and 16, Mr Kennedy, 43, was seen trying to obtain money from passers-by, was “loitering” in the High Street and on some occasions, had a sign asking for money and implying he was homeless.

According to court documents, Mr Kennedy lives in supported accommodation in Station Close, High Wycombe.

For failing to comply with the community protection notice, he was fined £40 and ordered to pay £119 in costs. He was fined another £40 for persistently begging in a public place on January 8.

He was also convicted of breaching coronavirus rules by being a person living in a Tier 4 area who was outside of the place he was living without reasonable excuse in connection with the January 8 incident and fined £40.