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It is an offence to beg in a public place and the beggar can be arrested for committing this offence.

There are a minority of people in our towns and cities who ask people for money.

When that happens, you may find this distressing and intimidating, especially if the beggar becomes persistent.

Report it

Begging in public places is anti-social and causes a nuisance to the public. We will work hard to combat this issue.

To report a person begging fill in the General contact and enquiry form, call 101 or visit a police station. It would be helpful if you provide a description of the beggar and where they are located.