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Organised Begging

In previous months / years, the community of Wells has welcomed and ‘financially supported’ beggars who visit the City.

As Christmas is approaching and weather starts to get colder, naturally it is the instinct of most to give the person asking some money to provide what would believe to be support.

Wells NPT would like to take the opportunity to remind the public of Wells that Begging is an offence under Section 3 of the Vagrancy Act 1824.

We would like to remind members of the public NOT to give anyone begging money and instead sign post them to local support such as The Connect Centre on Portway Wells as they provide hot meals, access to shower facilities and may be able to assist with sleeping arrangements for those in need.

Organised Begging Groups can make thousands of pounds a week, with an Organised beggar  located in Wells in 2021 caught with over £300 for the days takings.

Wells NPT will continue to signpost any and all in need to the relevant services while enforcing a 3 strike rule.

Strike 1 – Verbal Warning – Signposted to relevant services.

Strike 2 – Written warning – Signposted to relevant services.

Strike 3 – Arrest.

 

If you are concerned about a specific individual, please contact us on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

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  • Tuesday 8th February, 2022

    Since this priority was created 07/10/12, Nine people have been recorded to have been begging in the Wells area, Two of which have bee reported for summons after failing to comply with Wells 3 Strike system.

    When dealing with beggars, attending officers will always look to safeguard in the first instance, with advice and guidance on where they can get medical, living support and services within the area. It is often found that the person being recorded has come to Wells via public transport and often they choose to go back to their area of residence.

    Wells NPT will continue to signpost any and all in need to the relevant services while enforcing a 3 strike rule.

    Strike 1 – Verbal Warning – Signposted to relevant services.

    Strike 2 – Written warning – Signposted to relevant services.

    Strike 3 – Arrest.

    If you are concerned about a specific individual, please contact us on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

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