Persistent beggars in Leeds could face prison in new legal move

West Yorkshire Police and Leeds City Council are cracking down on beggars in Leeds.

West Yorkshire Police and Leeds City Council are cracking down on beggars in Leeds.

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PERSISTENT beggars in Leeds could face prison or a hefty fine if they continue to operate in the city centre – thanks to a radical new legal move that’s the first of its kind in the country.

A new injunction order secured by Leeds City Council aims to crackdown on a hard core of ‘fake beggars’, who can earn up to £600 a week.

The new tool means those served with the injunction are banned from begging in the city centre. If they breach the order, hearings will be fast tracked to Leeds County Court, where they could face the tougher punishments.

 

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