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Residents must be alert to fake beggars
2:54pm Sunday 18th August 2013 in News
SHOPPERS are being urged not to give money to street beggars after it emerged that some were bogus.
Police have issued the warning after one genuine homeless man in Clacton complained that the imposters are affecting his income.
It is a criminal offence to beg on the streets and anyone caught doing so will be arrested and face prosecution.
Neighbourhood constable, Pc Gary Coe, said: "These bogus beggars are dotting themselves around the town and seafront and usually arm themselves with a dog to tug at the hearts of passers-by.
“It’s ironic and sad that the unfortunate victims of this scandalous crime are the genuinely homeless people who are desperate for shelter and food. “These fake beggars live in houses within the Clacton town area.”
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