Stop and think: Advice to Leeds commuters as part of begging crackdown

Coun Mark Dobson, Sophie Foster from Leeds Street Outreach services and Chief Insp Phil Wiggins at Leeds station. PIC: Simon Hulme
Coun Mark Dobson, Sophie Foster from Leeds Street Outreach services and Chief Insp Phil Wiggins at Leeds station. PIC: Simon Hulme
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Commuters in Leeds have been given information on how to support the homeless as part of a new crackdown on begging in the city,

Visitors to Leeds railway station were given advice on how to support charities rather than giving money to beggars in the street.

The Yorkshire Evening Post revealed earlier this year that a new police hit squad is carrying out daily sweeps of Leeds city centre aimed at ridding the streets of beggars within a year.

Leeds City Council has secured an injunction, which means that any individual served with the order will be unable to beg in any part of the city centre or train station. If they breach the order, hearings will be fast tracked to the county court, where they could face prison or a fine.

The strategy is aimed at cracking down on a hard core of ‘fake beggars’, who can earn up to £600 every week by targeting unsuspecting shoppers, tourists and clubbers.

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