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Woman ‘banned from sitting on ground’ in police crackdown on begging in Ilford

PUBLISHED: 07:00 25 February 2016

Beggars in Ilford

Beggars in Ilford

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A woman caught “making eye contact” with passers-by has been banned from sitting on the ground in Ilford after police considered the act a form of begging.

Ch Insp John Fish said police were cracking down on begging in the town centre, targeting individuals by collecting evidence and issuing Criminal Behaviour Orders (CBOs) against them.

Speaking at last week’s Redbridge local forum, he said: “One woman wasn’t holding a sign or holding out her hand, but making eye contact.

“We filmed her and got a CBO banning her from sitting on the floor.”

But one beggar told the Recorder while she had been offered support, nothing had come of it.

Another said he had been arrested for begging and ordered to pay £195 by the court.

Read the full story in today’s Ilford Recorder.

3 comments

  • There is a very well dressed woman who often sits on a bench in Kings Road Chelsea, and makes eye contact with people walking past. She smiles at them as well. I have been told she is titled, but it might be a form of begging? Is it possible that people standing up, or walking, who make eye contact are also begging. Often people waking towards me in kings Road make eye contact, and say "Good Morning"?

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    Dudden Hall

    Friday, February 26, 2016

  • There is a very well dressed woman who often sits on a bench in Kings Road Chelsea, and makes eye contact with people walking past. She smiles at them as well. I have been told she is titled, but it might be a form of begging? Is it possible that people standing up, or walking, who make eye contact are also begging. Often people waking towards me in kings Road make eye contact, and say "Good Morning"?

    Report this comment

    Dudden Hall

    Friday, February 26, 2016

  • There is a very well dressed woman who often sits on a bench in Kings Road Chelsea, and makes eye contact with people walking past. She smiles at them as well. I have been told she is titled, but it might be a form of begging? Is it possible that people standing up, or walking, who make eye contact are also begging. Often people waking towards me in kings Road make eye contact, and say "Good Morning"?

    Report this comment

    Dudden Hall

    Friday, February 26, 2016

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