A crackdown by police on anti-social behaviour in Chester has seen five repeat offenders handed criminal behaviour orders.
Begging, abusing the public and possessing a fake gun were among their offences.
Paul Roberts, 32, Michael Hatton, 35, Anthony Bethune, 23 and Craig Lambert, 40, all of no fixed address, were convicted.
Christopher Deakin, 44, of Heath Lane, Chester, was also given a CBO for persistent begging and anti-social behaviour involving alcohol and drugs.
PC Charlotte Lloyd said: “It is not pleasant to experience this sort of behaviour and the police receive many reports from residents and visitors alike.
“In relation to begging, this is a form of anti-social behaviour and is against the law.
“It has a detrimental impact on the city, with the police and local authority receiving numerous complaints from local businesses, residents and visitors.”
Cheshire Police’s Operation Centurion has tackled the city’s issues around anti-social behaviour and begging.
Known street drinker Roberts was hit with the CBO after being charged with possessing an imitation firearm.
Hatton was handed a new order after breaching an ASBO which stopped him repeatedly asking people for money.
A charge was brought against Bethune when his criminal behaviour continued in Chester after already being banned in Ellesmere Port.
Lambert also violated his ASBO and had made threats to commit criminal damage.
CWAC community safety officer Sam Chapman said people should give their money to homeless charities instead of beggars.
He said: “There is provision for access to meals and support in the city from a variety of sources for people who have fallen on hard times.
“We would ask people not to give money to beggars and instead to donate to charities who support individuals in tough circumstances.”
Cheshire Police have said the orders are not connected, but each of the CBOs contain excluded zones the men cannot go and requirements they must abide by.
PC Lloyd said: “We know in some cases, the proceeds from begging are used to support an alcohol and drug taking lifestyle which in turn causes further misery in our communities.
“It also makes it difficult for the individual to break the cycle of alcohol and drug abuse.”