Begging is an offence under the Vagrancy Act 1874.
Although in repeal, the offence s still on the statute books which means action can still be taken.
Wells NPT are keen to safeguard all individuals who appear to be begging by signposting to various resources in the area that provide support including places such as the Connect Centre. The individual is also informed that begging is an arrest able offence.
If the same individual is seen to be begging for a second time, after further safeguarding, they are provided a warning letter (available in various languages) which explains that they are committing an offence under the Vagrancy Act 1824 and if they are seen to be begging again they may be arrested.
On the third time, depending on officer availability the beggar may be arrested.
Reports are completed after each time a person is seen to be begging to allow a consistent approach by the team.
If you see a beggar, please do not give them money but instead signpost them to the connect centre wells for food and support services as well as calling 101 where we can identify any further safeguarding needs.