A new initiative to “combat the issue of begging” on the streets of Wrexham town centre has been launched.
Launched by Wrexham Council, North Wales Police and third sector agencies, the joint initiative began on Tuesday May 1st – with some visible extra policing activities around town.
It comes as a result of an increase in reports of begging in the streets in the town centre and complaints from the public and some local businesses.
As a result locations where begging is taking place will be ‘targeted’, with warnings that fixed penalty notices will be issued when necessary, although there is no detail on if it is believed those begging would have the means to pay any fines, although it is hinted that some may have means to do so.
A letter sent to businesses by the Council’s Town Centre, Markets and Events Manager explains: “There has been an increase in report of begging in the streets of the town centre over the past few weeks, which has resulted in a number of complaints from the general public and some businesses.
“As an attempt to combat the issue of begging, a joint initiative between the council, North Wales Police and third sector agencies was launched on Tuesday May 1st.
“Locations where begging is happening will be targeted and persistent offenders will be offered support, however if they continue with their actions this will result in formal action being taken.
“Some individuals are begging on the basis that they are homeless and not in receipt of any benefits. By working closely with our partners we have established that in many incidents that is not the case.
“For this to be an effective initiative we will need co-operation and support from all town centre businesses.”
Those notified are being asked to play their part, which could include a statement being taken from the individual /
business that witnessed the act and may require attendance at court at a later date to give evidence.
“Please help us work together to tackle this issue to help ensure that Wrexham is a safe place to visit and shop.”