Homeless woman guilty of begging

PUBLISHED: 12:30 27 January 2017

Exeter magistrates court. Ref exe 01-17TI 4933. Picture: Terry Ife

Exeter magistrates court. Ref exe 01-17TI 4933. Picture: Terry Ife

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A homeless woman who admitted begging in an Exmouth car park has been fined by magistrates.

Tracy Maud Wilkinson, age 31, of no fixed abode, was fined £80 at Exeter Magistrates’ Court after admitting begging in Imperial Road, Exmouth, on Monday, January 9.

Lindsey Baker, prosecuting, said: “Tracy explained that she was homeless and was trying to get her share for a hotel.

“She went on to say that she didn’t like asking people for money but she didn’t have the confidence to steal from shops.”

Wilkinson, who represented herself in court, told magistrates she had made three pounds from begging that afternoon.


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