Crackdown on begging in Chester City Centre

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Crackdown of those who pretend to be homeless from begging in Chester city centre

People who come to Chester pretending to be homeless in order to deceive the public out of money will face arrest as part of a new crackdown being launched today.

Most people begging in Chester have somewhere to live and often come into the city, particularly on big event days, to mislead well-meaning people who believe they are giving their money to homeless people.

Inspector Barry Brown from Cheshire Constabulary said: "We're working closely with the Council and partners to tackle this problem. Officers from our Beat Team and Anti-Social Behaviour Unit in Chester will engage with beggars on high profile event days and will advise of the potential penalties and the consequences of their actions.
Repeated or aggressive begging will lead to arrest and people could be permanently banned from entering Chester."

This type of activity is being highlighted so that the public understand the problem and won't be deceived by those who have a place to live begging in the city.

If you would like to help the homeless please can I ask that you give your money direct to one of the many local charities in the city.

Working to engage with beggars in this way supports the Council aim to have the cleanest, safest and most sustainable neighbourhoods in the country.

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