When begging Damien Gahan sat outside the Lidl store at Bangor reading a book, a rucksack at his side, it led to another chapter in his life - in jail.

At a weekend court at Llandudno, Gahan, 53, already on a suspended sentence, admitted his fourth breach of a criminal behaviour order which bans him from appearing outside stores at Bangor.

The suspended term of 12 weeks was imposed as well as an additional four weeks for the latest breach - making 16 in all.

Chairman Darren Campbell told him: "This was the fourth breach of the order. You have shown a total disregard."

Prosecuting, Diane Williams said the order had been made a year ago prohibiting him from sitting or standing near the entrance to local stores.

The suspended sentence had twice been varied to be more onerous.

Deborah Davies, defending, said the trouble was an addiction to heroin. He wanted help but there was a long delay before any could be made available and medication given.

"You can't just go to the doctor and get a prescription, you have to wait months with a lot of appointments and assessments," she explained.

Gahan had been in touch with the substance misuse service and said that this week he was to be interviewed for the chance to get "blocking" medication to stop his craving for heroin.