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A new crackdown on beggars has begun in Exeter. It follows a rise in the numbers of shoppers being confronted on the streets. Research shows that in nearly all cases, beggars spent their takings on drugs and alcohol. People are now being asked to donate to a new charity fund instead.
Visitors and shoppers in Exeter are being urged not to give money to beggars, in a campaign launched on Monday.
It follows a rise in beggars making direct approaches. Research showed most spent their money on drugs or alcohol.
Police and City Councillors want people to donate instead to a fund for local charities.
Sgt Andy Liesk from Devon and Cornwall Police said beggars are unlikely to turn to other crime if people stop paying them:
A crackdown is being launched on begging in Exeter city centre.
The police and city council are joining forces to support a scheme that will allow people to donate to a homeless charity instead.
It follows research that showed beggars often spent money collected on drugs or alcohol.