Exmouth police clampdown of town centre begging

PUBLISHED: 17:00 27 January 2018

Exmouth Police Station

Exmouth Police Station

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Police in Exmouth are looking at ways to crackdown on begging in Exmouth town centre.

Exmouth police are looking at ways to curb the town centre’s begging problem, said inspector Antonia Weeks.

According to officers, there are a small number of people in Exmouth who do not have permanent accommodation and are sleeping rough.

They say these people are approaching people for money, food and other goods.

Insp Weeks has encouraged people to not give them money, as it may be used to support addictive behaviour.

“We would like to encourage people to donate to the charities that support people in need, such as the Open Door Centre of the Salvation Army,” she said.

“While an act of kindness is on the face of it a nice thing to do, we want to do more to break the cycle of dependency.”

To report aggressive begging or anti-social behaviour call 101 or email 101@dc.police.uk

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