Twelve people have been issued with Criminal Behaviour Orders banning them from begging in Leeds city centre.
The latest figure was revealed during a meeting of Leeds City Council’s Licensing committee, which also heard that civilian teams were being drafted in to support police on Friday and Saturday nights.
Coun Asghar Khan had described an encounter with a beggar who turned aggressive, before asking what was being done about problem individuals.
Inspector Andy Berriman, of the Leeds city centre policing team, said: “The people that you noted that are aggressive, we would always encourage you to report.
“We’re now in the position where we’ve got 12 people on Criminal Behaviour Orders. They exclude people from the city centre but there’s also a positive requirement that can be made for them to engage with services.”
He said that people who repeatedly broke the orders could find themselves being jailed by the courts.
“When people go to prison, there’s more chance of rehabilitating them because they’re a captive audience,” he said.
Insp Berriman said the people made subject to the orders often had very chaotic lives and were not able to keep appointments made with support services for various reasons.
In an effort to overcome this, the council’s housing options team are joining city centre police on patrols so they can make assessments on the spot.