Success as nuisance behaviour in city centre drops by Shaun Moore | Gloucester News Centre - http://gloucesternewscentre.co.uk/
Following the introduction of Gloucester City Council’s safe and attractive streets policy in July the number of persistent beggars in Gloucester has fallen significantly.
Gloucester City Council and Gloucestershire Constabulary carried out an operation on 30 August to monitor and target the most persistent beggars in the city centre and found fewer beggars on the streets.
This follows work done by city council’s community safety team, together with police and other partners, to help beggars and rough sleepers access the support they may need.
Since July, when the safe and attractive streets policy was put in place, 19 people have received letters of concern. These letters provide advice and make referrals to organisations that can support people to get off the streets.
Those who have continued to beg have been issued with a warning letter, saying that they must engage with the support that is available to them.
Seven people have now received warning letters for continuing to beg.
Two people have faced criminal action for persistent begging, one has been arrested and bailed and one reported to court. Three people who were begging have been arrested for other offences.
Agencies are also meeting to review each case and support individuals with the root causes of their homelessness or begging.
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