Leeds police warn people not to give money to beggar at Roundhay Road and Easterly Road traffic lights

Police have issued a warning to the public not to hand money to a known beggar who targets drivers who are waiting at a set of traffic lights in Leeds.

Thursday, 30th July 2020, 3:09 pm
Updated Thursday, 30th July 2020, 3:10 pm

West Yorkshire Police have warned drivers not to give money to a man who is 'frequently' begging at the junction of Roundhay Road and Easterly Road in Leeds when motorists are waiting at the traffic lights.

Police said that the man, who is known to officers, is not homeless and he has living accommodation and support.

A spokesman for the East Leeds Neighbourhood Policing Team said: "The East Leeds Neighbourhood Policing Team are aware of a male who is frequently attending and begging at the Roundhay Road and Easterly Road junction in Leeds when motorists are waiting at the traffic lights.

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Police have warned people not to give money to beggars

"We would like to advise members of the public that the individual is not homeless, has suitable living accommodation and support.

"In order to prevent the ongoing issues we would like to kindly ask that motorists do not give the individual money, which may assist in reducing his attendance at the location.

"Investigation are ongoing in relation to previously reported occurrences and Officers will continue to provide a visible presence in the area.

"Leeds Anti-Social Behaviour Team are also aware and will be taking any appropriate and necessary action to address the repeat reports of begging at the location."

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