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Three charged after police target city centre beggars

Posted on 4th July 2017

Our officers from the City Centre Safer Neighbourhood Team have charged three people after targeting beggars in Derby at the weekend. 

On Saturday, July 1 officers from the team arrested six suspected beggars during a targeted operation. Three were issued dispersal notices to immediately leave the city centre whilst the other three were taken in to custody, interviewed and charged with the offence of begging. 

Dominic Hunt, 37 years, Roseanna Mangan, 18 years, and Jordan Johnson, 22 years all of no fixed abode were bailed to attend Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, August, 8, with conditions not to be in the city centre other than to attend court or a chemist with relevant documentation. 

Inspector Lauren Woods, who is in charge of policing in the city centre, said: “This operation is a continuation of our work to deal with anti-social behaviour in the city centre from a minority of individuals, of which begging is a part. 

“As part of the on-going ‘Beggars Belief’ campaign we are working closely with homeless charities to support the homeless in the city but firmly believe that giving cash to beggars on the street is not a positive response to this problem. 

“We know that cash given in this way can be spent on drug or alcohol dependency. People in Derby are generous but we feel that any donations would be far better given to the committed charities working hard in the city rather than individuals on the street."

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