Exmouth police warning as ‘aggressive beggars’ target vulnerable OAPs

PUBLISHED: 12:00 27 August 2017

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Police in Exmouth have warned pensioners in the Brixington area of the town about ‘aggressive beggars’ targeting them.

‘Drug-using, aggressive beggars’ have been preying on the elderly in Brixington, demanding cash.

Exmouth police have issued a warning to pensioners living in the Fraser Road area to call 999 if they are approached and asked for money.

A retired man living alone in sheltered accommodation has been targeted on his doorstep, said police.

A woman and man, thought to be in their 20s, knocked on the pensioner’s front door, demanding cash.

Police said the pair were ‘taking advantage’ of pensioners because they were seen as a soft touch.

Devon and Cornwall Police officers said the area will be ‘closely monitored’ because ‘several incidents’ of nuisance begging had been reported.

Anyone seen begging will be ‘removed from the area’ by police.

The public is urged to call police immediately, using the emergency number, if they see any intimidating behaviour committed in Brixington.

Police Community Support Officer Christopher Ball said the aggressive begging was being treated as a priority.

“Fraser Road residents are being disturbed by annoying behaviour of drug users. Several incidents have been brought to police attention,” he said. “This will be closely monitored and police request anyone witnessing any unwanted behaviour in the Fraser Road area to call police so that these individuals can be removed from the area.

He added: “We have aggressive beggars calling on front doors asking for money – a woman and a man in their 20s.

“There are a lot of retirement bungalows there. They are taking advantage of individuals who are likely to say ‘yes’.

“It’s happened with one pensioner. We are concerned for other residents.

“We are concerned there are individuals in the area causing issues.

“We are asking people to be aware and let us know if they are approached or see anything, and to report suspicious behaviour.

“We don’t want to be told after the event, we want it at the moment it is happening. I want to be told as soon as possible. We want people to call 999.”

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