Alan Briggs has recently received an Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) banning him from 'begging' in Kingston-upon-Hull. He appeared on the front page of The Hull Daily Mail along with seven other men. Alan is homeless. Alan insists that he does not beg. He just sometimes sits on the street with his dog, Susan. But the police see a dog as a tool for 'passive begging'. They tell him that he'll "be alright after 2017." Hull is the UK's 'City of Culture' for that year and the streets need to be clean. He feels that both the ASBO and the use of his image are unjust. The picture the paper used, he speculates, was probably one the police had taken after he'd been woken up from sleeping on the street. Alan is disabled and needs to sit down to rest often. He wonders what will happen when he inevitably breaks the conditions of his ASBO. It will, afterall, be difficult for him to stand up all day. 

In the newspaper article none of the ASBO recipients were interviewed for comment.

- Michael Thomason - I meet Alan and Susan in the alley in which they often live. For four days over Christmas Alan did not leave this spot. He had with him 24 cans of strong lager and 12 cartons of dog food.
I meet Alan and Susan in the alley in which they often live. For four days over Christmas Alan did not leave this spot. He had with him 24 cans of strong lager and 12 cartons of dog food.
- Michael Thomason - Alan has marked his spot with a declaration of the love that exists between him and his dog. When I ask him what keeps him on the streets he answers, Susan. Alan has been unable to find accommodation that will allow Susan to live with him.
Alan has marked his spot with a declaration of the love that exists between him and his dog. When I ask him what keeps him on the streets he answers, "Susan". Alan has been unable to find accommodation that will allow Susan to live with him.
- Michael Thomason - Nobody bothers him here. I ask him what happens if someone else is sleeping in his spot. Tell em to fuck off, he replies.
Nobody bothers him here. I ask him what happens if someone else is sleeping in his spot. "Tell 'em to fuck off," he replies.
- Michael Thomason - Alan defines himself as homeless, but he rents a room from his mate, Jim. He and Jim fall out a lot. Alan tells me that he wants to get off the gear. The other day Jim brought a load home. Alan preferred to go back to sleeping in the alley rather than live with the temptation of heroin.
Alan defines himself as homeless, but he rents a room from his mate, Jim. He and Jim fall out a lot. Alan tells me that he wants to get off the gear. The other day Jim brought a load home. Alan preferred to go back to sleeping in the alley rather than live with the temptation of heroin.
- Michael Thomason - Hear the rats? Alan keeps emergency supplies - a sleeping bag, dog food, and pot noodles - in a cupboard in a publicly accessible hallway. With these things he can keep warm and feed himself and Susan.
"Hear the rats?" Alan keeps emergency supplies - a sleeping bag, dog food, and pot noodles - in a cupboard in a publicly accessible hallway. With these things he can keep warm and feed himself and Susan.
- Michael Thomason - Everyday, Alan goes to the pharmacy to pick up his script for methadone. He tells me that its ten times worse for you than heroin but because it stops withdrawal, addicts are less likely to steal. You can take methadone and use heroin at the same time.
Everyday, Alan goes to the pharmacy to pick up his script for methadone. He tells me that it's ten times worse for you than heroin but because it stops withdrawal, addicts are less likely to steal. You can take methadone and use heroin at the same time.
- Michael Thomason - Alan got paid this morning. He goes to the market to pick up things for the week.
Alan got paid this morning. He goes to the market to pick up things for the week.
- Michael Thomason - The market is cheap. Everything is out of date. You can get ten cartons of dog food for one pound.
The market is cheap. Everything is out of date. You can get ten cartons of dog food for one pound.
- Michael Thomason - I ask Alan if he likes pot noodles. He laughs at me: Its not about if I like them. Its what I can knock on someones door and get hot water for so I can eat, he says. Its eight for one pound. Alan gets 16. He doesnt use the sachets inside the pots because he worries about the shelf-life. Instead, he squeezes normal tomato sauce in.
I ask Alan if he likes pot noodles. He laughs at me: "It's not about if I like them. It's what I can knock on someone's door and get hot water for so I can eat," he says. It's eight for one pound. Alan gets 16. He doesn't use the sachets inside the pots because he worries about the shelf-life. Instead, he squeezes "normal tomato sauce" in.
- Michael Thomason - Alan and Susan with their shopping.
Alan and Susan with their shopping.
- Michael Thomason - A very close friend of Alans, Dean, spends time with him most days. Dean was in the army for six years, undertaking two tours of Afghanistan and one of Iraq. Dean went to pieces when his partner cheated on him. Heroin provided an escape for him. Dean found the man who was with his girlfriend and hurt him badly. At his sentencing his status as an ex-soldier both helped and hindered him. Though he had served his country his combat training led to an extended sentence: two and a half years for grievous bodily harm.
A very close friend of Alan's, Dean, spends time with him most days. Dean was in the army for six years, undertaking two tours of Afghanistan and one of Iraq. Dean went to pieces when his partner cheated on him. Heroin provided an escape for him. Dean found the man who was with his girlfriend and hurt him badly. At his sentencing his status as an ex-soldier both helped and hindered him. Though he had served his country his combat training led to an extended sentence: two and a half years for grievous bodily harm.
- Michael Thomason - Alan tells me about his Mother. She was a prostitute and Alan hated this. But he respected her a lot for providing for him. When he was 9 he walked in on his Mother stabbing his Step-Father. Alan tried to convince the police that the victim had walked in from the street, already having been stabbed. But it was Christmas Eve and there was snow on the ground. The absence of blood on the snow gave his mother away. His Step-Fathers heart stopped seven times but he survived. Alans mother was sent to a psychiatric hospital for six months. She died at 44 from cirrhosis of the liver. Alan is 44.
Alan tells me about his Mother. She was a prostitute and Alan hated this. But he respected her a lot for providing for him. When he was 9 he walked in on his Mother stabbing his Step-Father. Alan tried to convince the police that the victim had walked in from the street, already having been stabbed. But it was Christmas Eve and there was snow on the ground. The absence of blood on the snow gave his mother away. His Step-Father's heart stopped seven times but he survived. Alan's mother was sent to a psychiatric hospital for six months. She died at 44 from cirrhosis of the liver. Alan is 44.
- Michael Thomason - Daz sees Alan most days. His brother died three weeks ago from cancer. He was 46.
Daz sees Alan most days. His brother died three weeks ago from cancer. He was 46.
- Michael Thomason - Vagabonds
'Vagabonds'
- Michael Thomason - Susan is all Ive got Alan loves Susan and Susan loves Alan. Because of his ASBO, Alan cannot sit on the street with her. A dog is considered a tool for passive begging which is, in turn, classed as anti-social behaviour. When Alan challenges the police on this they tell him its because of Hulls status as city of culture 2017. Tourists dont like to see homeless people.
"Susan is all I've got" Alan loves Susan and Susan loves Alan. Because of his ASBO, Alan cannot sit on the street with her. A dog is considered a tool for 'passive begging' which is, in turn, classed as anti-social behaviour. When Alan challenges the police on this they tell him it's because of Hull's status as city of culture 2017. Tourists don't like to see homeless people.
- Michael Thomason - Will she drink beer? Shell drink anything
"Will she drink beer?" "She'll drink anything"
- Michael Thomason - I love this guy Dean and Alan look out for each-other.
"I love this guy" Dean and Alan look out for each-other.
- Michael Thomason -
- Michael Thomason - Alan is very keen to show off Susans skills. Dean tells me that he can walk the length of Spring Bank, a street in Hull, with her on his shoulders.
Alan is very keen to show off Susan's skills. Dean tells me that he can walk the length of Spring Bank, a street in Hull, with her on his shoulders.
- Michael Thomason - I ask Alan what one thing he would change. He tells me that he wished hed walked away from heroin the first time it was offered. He only tried it because of a friendship pact. After two or three years of smoking it he began injecting. He didnt have enough money to sustain smoking.
I ask Alan what one thing he would change. He tells me that he wished he'd walked away from heroin the first time it was offered. He only tried it because of a friendship pact. After two or three years of smoking it he began injecting. He didn't have enough money to sustain smoking.
- Michael Thomason - Cheap dog leads break all the time. Alan bought ten once. This one has lasted for two months.
Cheap dog leads break all the time. Alan bought ten once. This one has lasted for two months.
- Michael Thomason - We hear that there is a poster up warning the public about Alan. People keep coming up to Alan on the street, joking that hes famous. Everyone saw him on the front page of the paper. We set off to try to find the poster.
We hear that there is a poster up warning the public about Alan. People keep coming up to Alan on the street, joking that he's famous. Everyone saw him on the front page of the paper. We set off to try to find the poster.
- Michael Thomason - Alan finds the poster
Alan finds the poster
- Michael Thomason - Alan hates this picture. Its the same one that was used in the paper. He wants to get his hair cut so I can take a nice picture of him. Over the course of our time together he keeps asking what they expect him to do: Alan is disabled. He has arthritis which means he needs to rest often. If sitting with his dog is passive begging, how can he rest?
Alan hates this picture. It's the same one that was used in the paper. He wants to get his hair cut so I can take a nice picture of him. Over the course of our time together he keeps asking what they expect him to do: Alan is disabled. He has arthritis which means he needs to rest often. If sitting with his dog is passive begging, how can he rest?
- Michael Thomason - Am I breaching my Asbo??
"Am I breaching my Asbo??"
- Michael Thomason - Alan sits where he was living in Chanterlands Avenue graveyard at the time he was penalized for begging.
Alan sits where he was living in Chanterlands Avenue graveyard at the time he was penalized for begging.
- Michael Thomason - Alan tells us about getting stabbed by an acquaintance who was going away on a murder charge. He had nothing to lose. Alan fled the scene and sheltered in a phone box. When the man caught up to him Alan opened the door and pushed him. Because Alan repeatedly stamped on his head while he was unconscious, he was sentenced to prison for grievous bodily harm. Heroin is just as easy to get on the inside as on the outside. There are loads of ways of getting it in.
Alan tells us about getting stabbed by an acquaintance who was going away on a murder charge. He had nothing to lose. Alan fled the scene and sheltered in a phone box. When the man caught up to him Alan opened the door and pushed him. Because Alan repeatedly stamped on his head while he was unconscious, he was sentenced to prison for grievous bodily harm. Heroin is just as easy to get on the inside as on the outside. There are loads of ways of getting it in.
- Michael Thomason - Alan has faced a charge of murder but was acquitted owing to a lack of evidence. All that tied him to the crime was a shoe-print on the victims head. I ask Alan, do you ever feel guilty. I havent ever lost a nights sleep about it, he replies.
Alan has faced a charge of murder but was acquitted owing to a lack of evidence. All that tied him to the crime was a shoe-print on the victim's head. I ask Alan, "do you ever feel guilty." "I haven't ever lost a night's sleep about it," he replies.
- Michael Thomason - Luke used to work at a traveling fair. He gave up his job when he became a father over Christmas. His partner doesnt want him living with her so he is homeless again.
Luke used to work at a traveling fair. He gave up his job when he became a father over Christmas. His partner doesn't want him living with her so he is homeless again.
- Michael Thomason - Theres a money tree in the graveyard Alan and Luke tell me that there is a tree in the graveyard that people have hammered pound coins into. They used to go to the tree to get a few quid for beers. They cant find the tree so Alan describes it.
"There's a money tree in the graveyard" Alan and Luke tell me that there is a tree in the graveyard that people have hammered pound coins into. They used to go to the tree to get a few quid for beers. They can't find the tree so Alan describes it.
- Michael Thomason - Alan is very generous.
Alan is very generous.
- Michael Thomason - Alan has deep-vein thrombosis caused by his use of heroin over the past 26 years. During this time he has been clean for two or three months.
Alan has deep-vein thrombosis caused by his use of heroin over the past 26 years. During this time he has been clean for two or three months.
- Michael Thomason - Alan wants to show us the houses in which he has worked. He is a grafter and is proud of it. In half a day he can do what might take another man a whole day. He spent six months last year laboring on a building site, working for thirty-five pounds per day. In the end, Alan gave up that job because he felt undervalued.
Alan wants to show us the houses in which he has worked. He is a grafter and is proud of it. In half a day he can do what might take another man a whole day. He spent six months last year laboring on a building site, working for thirty-five pounds per day. In the end, Alan gave up that job because he felt undervalued.
- Michael Thomason - People on the street tell Alan the police are looking for him. They think he might be dead. A body has been found in a burned down church and the authorities think it might be Alan. He spends 20 minutes on hold, trying to get through to the police to no avail. Alan wants to go find a copper to ask them but worries that theyre trying to find him to arrest him for something. Alan tells me that five women were murdered in Hull last year. He was picked up by the police for every one. The police know hes gotten away with a lot over the years and they want to get him for something.
People on the street tell Alan the police are looking for him. They think he might be dead. A body has been found in a burned down church and the authorities think it might be Alan. He spends 20 minutes on hold, trying to get through to the police to no avail. Alan wants to go find a copper to ask them but worries that they're trying to find him to arrest him for something. Alan tells me that five women were murdered in Hull last year. He was picked up by the police for every one. The police know he's gotten away with a lot over the years and they want to get him for something.
- Michael Thomason - We go looking for the police but dont find any.
We go looking for the police but don't find any.
- Michael Thomason - Alan knows everybody. Walking around, we become a crowd.
Alan knows everybody. Walking around, we become a crowd.
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