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And police in Leicestershire added that numbers were growing and officers had cautioned 20 people for begging in the city centre in the first two weeks of a scheme to tackle the problem.

Officers discovered none of them were homeless.

Toni Soni, head of hostel services at Leicester City Council, said previous joint operations operations by them and police found no beggars to be homeless.

He said: "There are people who are actually professional beggars who are doing it to make a living. If we did find that they were rough sleepers we would obviously attempt to engage them in our support services."

It emerged one woman begged at night after her day job to fund a new kitchen in her flat.

Sergeant Adrian Underwood, of Leicestershire police, said some people could earn up to £200 begging on a Friday or Saturday night.

He told the Leicester Mercury: "We have intelligence that there is a woman who is begging because she wants a new kitchen for her flat. A lot of well-intentioned people see someone begging and think they are deserving causes. Would they give them money if they knew that person had just come out of a flat, was receiving benefits and had food in the larder?"

Previously Leicester Police announced a "three strikes and you're out" approach to begging after it emerged as a major concern for people living, working and shopping in the city.

As part of the drive, people seen begging are given a formal warning and their details taken by officers. If they are seen again then a second warning is issued by police and on a third occasion they can be arrested and prosecuted.

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Comment by Eby Star on January 27, 2010 at 10:05am
No place like Home (Naija)
Comment by tosin love on August 25, 2009 at 12:45pm
na wa ho
Comment by Adiele Rita on August 24, 2009 at 10:51am
NA WA OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO,
Comment by KING AYO.1 on August 23, 2009 at 11:25am
Hope Naija pikin no dey among the begger o?
Honestly, i rather stay home in Naija and be a farmer than being abroad degging on the street.
Comment by chidi on August 22, 2009 at 9:16pm
over my dead body to be a street begger, his a very shameful attiitude, for someone who God created completely which all the part of his body where completely, he can (see, walk, hear) etc.
Now turn to a liar begger bcos of money.
bcos why am saying this, his bcos of you people supporting that begging is better than stealing.
tru, begging is better than stealing but he has a limit, bcos for me to give a begger a helping hand i must first of all look at the condition of that begger, B4 giving him something.
bcos, a lot of all this begger you pple are seeing, some of them are pretender, most of them have build a house in there home, even have a lot of property, why the pple dashing them money could not even have 3 quarter of what those begger have.
for me am not saying that giving a begger money is bed, his not bad, but it depend on the kind of a begger.
thank you all.
Comment by Inegbenijie Oziegbe on August 22, 2009 at 10:52am
Funny.............................................................................................
Comment by Muyiwa Mayowa Osibolu on August 21, 2009 at 10:55pm
Begging is better than stealing. Thank God they beg not lust after other people's properties.
Comment by Obeahon .O. Giwa-Amu on August 21, 2009 at 6:54pm
hmm after dem collect dole den beg again?
Comment by Monique Lawrence on August 21, 2009 at 3:23pm
its not even easy to beg. begging is one of the most hardest biz in the world. At least e beta pass armed robbery.
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