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24 April 2015, 07:41 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50
Police have told Capital beggars are travelling hundreds of miles into Nottingham and earning up to a thousand pound a week getting money on the streets.
Last month 53 people were found begging in the city, one was sent to prison and another was find £400 pounds.
Nottinghamshire Police say the best way to support homeless people is to donate directly to charities like Framework:
Inspector Paul Gummer:
'All you're enabling them to do [beggars] is to carry on that lifestyle of rough sleeping.
'You're perpetuating them to make a bad choice at best, at worst and quite frequently all you're doing is funding their drug and alcohol habits, encouraging them and helping them to basically kill themselves!'
- Most people sleeping rough do not beg and most people begging do not sleep rough;
- The link is primarily between begging and the misuse of drugs and alcohol;
- Nobody needs to be homeless – there are various charities that can help if you do not have a home;
- Giving money can potentially kill – it will feed the beggar’s habit;
- A lot of beggars in Nottingham are not from the city;
- Begging is a criminal offence;
- Some beggars masquerade as buskers – known as begging by other means.